Girl ‘Sacrificed To Ensure Better Harvest’

4327639917_77c7526b4cThe Times of India reports on a horrifying Wicker Man-esque murder in central India:

Two men have been arrested in for allegedly killing a 7-year-old girl and cutting out her liver in a ritual sacrifice to ensure a better harvest, police said Monday.

Lalita Tati disappeared in October and her dismembered remains were found a week later, Rajendra Narayan Das, a senior police officer, told The Associated Press. Tati was walking home after watching television at a neighbor’s house when she was kidnapped.

Police arrested two men, both poor farmers, last week and they told police they killed the girl to appease their gods and get a better harvest, Das said. The men were described as “tribals,” a term referring to the region’s indigenous people, most of whom remain mired in poverty and illiteracy.

Human sacrifices are rare but get prominent attention every few years. A deep belief in traditional healers, or witch doctors, is common in mostly tribal Chhattisgarh.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    I guess I’m not qualified to make any specific statements on behalf of the Gods with regard to this sacrifice.

    But you do have to admit that it increased the community’s ability to meet its minimum nutritional requirements by about 1,850 calories per day.

    • chonus

      Oh that´s soooo wrong. But it was pretty clever…

  • Anonymous

    I guess I’m not qualified to make any specific statements on behalf of the Gods with regard to this sacrifice.

    But you do have to admit that it increased the community’s ability to meet its minimum nutritional requirements by about 1,850 calories per day.

  • Calypso_1

    I’m wondering if haruspicy was performed with her liver.

  • Anonymous

    I’m wondering if haruspicy was performed with her liver.

  • Hadrian999

    things like this are more widespread than people want to admit, read up on “Muti” if you want to not sleep so well

    • Clean

      Ugh, “medicine murder”. It’s like some twisted kind of oxymoron.

  • Hadrian999

    things like this are more widespread than people want to admit, read up on “Muti” if you want to not sleep so well

  • Robertsmith

    Why don’t we publicly sacrifice a couple of bankers and CEO’s.   It might solve some of the country’s financial issues without any divine intervention. 

    • Calypso_1

      I predict that haruspicy will reveal gnarled and fibrous gristle.

    • MadHierophant

      I thought the gods liked their sacrifices “pure”. :/

  • Robertsmith

    Why don’t we publicly sacrifice a couple of bankers and CEO’s.   It might solve some of the country’s financial issues without any divine intervention. 

  • WorldominationHLT

    morons.

  • WorldominationHLT

    morons.

  • Anonymous

    I predict that haruspicy will reveal gnarled and fibrous gristle.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the gods liked their sacrifices “pure”. :/

  • Anonymous

    Oh that´s soooo wrong. But it was pretty clever…

  • Anonymous

    Oh that´s soooo wrong. But it was pretty clever…

  • Anonymous

    Oh that´s soooo wrong. But it was pretty clever…

  • Rex Vestri

    …Then they ate her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.  

  • Rex Vestri

    …Then they ate her liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.  

  • DeepCough

    “The shadow of the/
    Wicker Man is/
    rising up again!”

    ~ “The Wicker Man,” Iron Maiden

  • DeepCough

    “The shadow of the/
    Wicker Man is/
    rising up again!”

    ~ “The Wicker Man,” Iron Maiden

  • BuzzCoastin

    i dunno
    seems like Bushy sacrificed lots of human lives
    just to appease the Military-Industrial-Bankster gods
    and to assure them of a profitable harvest
    and no one seemed to have much of a problem with that
    he even got a book deal out of it

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    i dunno
    seems like Bushy sacrificed lots of human lives
    just to appease the Military-Industrial-Bankster gods
    and to assure them of a profitable harvest
    and no one seemed to have much of a problem with that
    he even got a book deal out of it

  • Clean

    Ugh, “medicine murder”. It’s like some twisted kind of oxymoron.

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    Human Sacrifice is one of those topics you’d think would be a no-brainer in terms of response.  Trouble is we live in an age where politicians will send a few thousand to their deaths in order to send a few hundred thousand to their deaths…for no good reason.  Of course, in America, with a teevee channel spewing propaganda, etc.  there are still Americans who think the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were justified.  And the pro-military, “they’re our heroes” attitude is maybe as strong as ever as America does the opposite of soul-searching and it seems like it is 1952 around here instead of 2012.

    Human sacrifice in the manner reported in this article is harder to justify.  I’m still on the fence about Wicker Man…I mean, Edward Woodward’s “my god is the only true god and you’re a bunch of dirty heathens” attitude made it that much easier for them to put him in the cage.  And of course we didn’t see a sequel in order to see how the orchards were in the next season. 

    As one culture tries to say its culture is the only true/correct one, we instantly dismiss other cultures and have a hard time thinking objectively about it.  I’d say that if you were sure a human sacrifice would bring prosperity to your village, whatever…then you have to think about the difference between what is more sacred…one human life…or human life in general.  Considering here in America we have clueless people willingly joining the military who are prepared to sacrifice their life for no good reason…we may have more a “problem” with human sacrifice in this day and age than the druids were ever accused of having…just like the slavery numbers show there are more slaves in the world now than there were in the American south before…and that’s not mentioning the illegal immigrants that are given as little wages as possible and live in slums.

    Sigh.

  • Gregory Wyrdmaven

    Human Sacrifice is one of those topics you’d think would be a no-brainer in terms of response.  Trouble is we live in an age where politicians will send a few thousand to their deaths in order to send a few hundred thousand to their deaths…for no good reason.  Of course, in America, with a teevee channel spewing propaganda, etc.  there are still Americans who think the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan were justified.  And the pro-military, “they’re our heroes” attitude is maybe as strong as ever as America does the opposite of soul-searching and it seems like it is 1952 around here instead of 2012.

    Human sacrifice in the manner reported in this article is harder to justify.  I’m still on the fence about Wicker Man…I mean, Edward Woodward’s “my god is the only true god and you’re a bunch of dirty heathens” attitude made it that much easier for them to put him in the cage.  And of course we didn’t see a sequel in order to see how the orchards were in the next season. 

    As one culture tries to say its culture is the only true/correct one, we instantly dismiss other cultures and have a hard time thinking objectively about it.  I’d say that if you were sure a human sacrifice would bring prosperity to your village, whatever…then you have to think about the difference between what is more sacred…one human life…or human life in general.  Considering here in America we have clueless people willingly joining the military who are prepared to sacrifice their life for no good reason…we may have more a “problem” with human sacrifice in this day and age than the druids were ever accused of having…just like the slavery numbers show there are more slaves in the world now than there were in the American south before…and that’s not mentioning the illegal immigrants that are given as little wages as possible and live in slums.

    Sigh.

  • justagirl

    brainz.

  • justagirl

    brainz.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Whats cooler, cannibal cults, human sacrifice cults, or both?

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Whats cooler, cannibal cults, human sacrifice cults, or both?

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