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


8 Responses to “Eid”

  1. 1 chokeonherwords December 1, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    eeeeeeeewww! did you eat any?

  2. 3 routinebitinghard December 3, 2009 at 11:27 am

    best post.

    this is why prijanka at caulfield plaza is a vego and makes a wild paneer.

  3. 4 Aadil Pitafi December 3, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Living here in Pakistan, I’ve never seen so many camels at a single place. That photo is awesome.

  4. 6 Ansis January 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Wow. But at least it’s part of culture, not like in other countries where we kill animals all the time even in larger quantities behind closed doors, and nobody (in some sense, including me) seems to care.

  5. 7 Ehsen March 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    I had the same feeling on Christmas day except the ‘slaughtering part’. I was stranded in my hotel room in Brisbane Australia, shops closed and public transport no where to be found. Aussies love their meat and they have excellent stake houses all over the country – too bad, meat doesn’t grow on trees 🙂 …

  6. 8 NazarBlue November 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Luckily i left Turkey just in time before the killing started. Its customary for the head of each house hold to sacrifice and animal 😦 You must have been quite disturbed!

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