On Id-ul-Adha, the Moon, too, seems to have sacrificed some of Herself:
The festival is also called Bakrid, and this is not because the Bakri (Goat) is beingvenerated, it’s because it is going to be sacrificed…
I was musing on how the concept of sacrificing something to appease a Higher Power came about…
is what the Wiki had to say.
I wonder if the gentle, repressed people of today’s urban societies realize that the pumpkins that they smash into the roads after smearing them with vermilion….are a symbol of blood sacrifice? I listened to one elderly gentleman ("I am proud to be a Brahmin") holding forth on the horror of blood sacrifice on Id. This gentleman was utterly horrified when I explained to him how he too was upholding the ritual of sacrifice in a symbolic way…and he refused to accept the idea.
However, the idea that yielding up one life (even one’s own) will result in a reward in this world, or the next…that still intrigues me a lot.
Oh well, a lot of lambs to the slaughter would not find my post interesting at all….
Isn’t it amazing how people who do the pumpkin and blood ritual don’t see this? The story I heard is that Shankaracharya removed the ritual of animal sacrifice calling it impure and replaced it with a pumpkin with red vermillion. Hindu purists started to term it as a tantric ritual henceforth.