Amidst the slaughter
In the Muslim world, Eid is a big deal. For arguments sake, its kinda like their Christmas.
What it means for the common backpacker in Pakistan though, is that all the shops are closed for 3 days, transport is non-existent, and there is about to be alot of killing.
I’m not exactly sure how it fits in, but for whatever reason, a shit load of goats get slaughtered for Eid.
I’m talking there are goats everywhere! For sale, people walking around with them, Goats decorated and half spray painted, tied up to fences, all unbeknown in their final hours.
The time comes and one-by-one they are forced to the ground, throats cut, blood gushing out, skinned, gutted, and served up for dinner.
This isn’t something that is the duty of the local butcher either, this is happening in your back yard and on the streets, kids running around, playing with the decapitated heads, jumping over the pools of blood, its all very enjoyable.
More disturbing than the Goats getting slaughtered is the Camels getting slaughtered. It’s wild.
I only saw a video of it on someones phone, but basically while the Camel is standing, the butcher person runs under and slices the underside of its neck. If you’ve ever seen a Camels neck its like a tree trunk, so you can imagine the size of this guys knife and how much force he uses to cut the thing. Blood starts pooouring out of the Camels neck, then after about 20 seconds, the Camel collapses to its knees, completely to the ground, then its all over.
Apparently meat is distributed between family and friends and its all very joyous, Ice-Cream shops are packed in the evening and everyone is having a great time.
Today is back to normal, shops are open, and buses running.
Walking around the streets you wouldn’t even know that Eid just passed, all that you might wonder is why there’s so much dried up blood everywhere.
Photos courtesy of Geoff Borkat 2009