This is a another scene from the Dakshin Kali temple, in the Kathmandu valley, about an hour south of Kathmandu.
Chickens and goats are being sacrificed to Kali, a female divinity worshipped in the form of Durga - a terrifying God.
The river at this temple literally runs red with the blood.
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Belumpi (306) 2004-12-18 14:35
What a horrible scene, especially the floor...got no words 4 it.
Peeotr (2228) 2004-12-18 14:47
Colors tells a lot about this scene, it's almost all in red and the rest - black or dark. The fact that we don't see the faces of those people, only thier killing hands handling the body of animal, makes this photo very strong.
KevinRL (835) 2004-12-18 17:59
I would have liked to have seen the mans face, just to see what his reaction is to what he is doing, hopefully spiritual joy!
You seem to enjoy shocking us at TE with these photos David, are you just a bit sick?
robiuk (10807) 2004-12-18 20:58
Still, very good documentary photo!
Luko (13978) 2005-02-11 6:58
this image is very confusing to read but who cares... we don't want to read it, understanding what is going on is already too much.... I think the red color spilt on the floor says it all.
I've been to that Kali temple 25 years ago, I was 15 at that time, almost fainted and had to puke when I saw a goat sacrifice.
I was very angry about everyone, told my mum I wanted to go back immediately or knock someone... I remember I talked to a german traveler who had the same feelings as I did, that soothed me a bit.. on top of that I had Durga pouding in my belly, perhaps this is why I felt this trip to Nepal as the worst I had ever.
This is quite weird because I would like to go back now...
sohrab (7439) 2005-02-15 11:46
im so sorry about the late critique
i had said that i'd come back to this one, but it slipped out of my mind..
actually to think of it, there's nothing much i can say for this image, it shows an entirely different world and whatever i had to mention i kind of mentioned in the forum to luko
however i thought of giving a link to another photogrpah though not as explicit as yours over here
LotusofKali (0) 2007-10-07 10:50
I just want to say that this photo is a very powerful one. It shows a culture and a strong devotion to Kali Maa. Where as most people would find this disturbing, I find it fascinating. Thank you.