Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - "Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

"The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights," said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Local media last week blamed the company's woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities."


ukrainiac said...

Hope they sacrifice appropriately before we go visit Anna!

Gee, I hope they remembered to ring the bells to wake up the gods...

Anna P said...

I was actually at the airport when this was going on, although I didn't know it until I read the article. One of my friends was actually meant to be on that flight on Saturday... took off and 30 minutes into the flight the plane started shaking and they turned around and landed back in KTM.

Unfortunately, when you live in Nepal, things like this become normal. Thanks for the reminder that it isn't. May my heart be softened to the darkness it has become used to.

Cynthia said...

Do not take flights on Nepal's state-run airline. Check.