Arunachal Pradesh: Where animal sacrifice is a way of life among the Apatani Tribe!
The Apatani tribe in Arunachal Pradesh is one tribe of the northeast that still follows the belief of animal sacrifice.For the Apatani, animal sacrifice is a way of life. This sacrificial ceremony takes place during the annual Myoko festival. Predictions for the year ahead can be determined through the practice of this ceremony.
During this festival the shaman who is a very important figure of the community will perform the ritual of the animal sacrifice.The shaman picks up a chicken and fastens it on a bamboo pole by its feathers. Then the chanting starts and the sacrifice will then begin.This ritual will officially mark the beginning of the Myoko festival, celebrated to promote a sense of community and kinship among the Apatani tribespeople.
The Apatani's believes that from the happenings of the world to the working of spiritual beings and to appease them, animals are needed to be sacrificed.
The Apatani are animist and worship the sun (Donyi) and moon (Polo). The highlight of the ceremony is the dawn of the second day when each clan in the village collects pigs to be sacrificed, The shamans recite prayers and sacred formulas while women sprinkle animals, with flour and rice beer. To the end of blessing the animals are taken in the huts of the owners to be sacrifice.
This ceremony depicts the Apatani's strong beliefs in their own culture and tradition.Their unique practices has left modernity untouched to the place as yet.