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10/31/2014 4:00:08 AM

Vietnamese live pig-chopping ritual at a traditional festival causes controversy

The traditional pig chopping festival is held in Nem Thuong hamlet, Khac Niem commune, Tien Du district in Bac Ninh province, north Vietnam

This festival is held to commemorate a general in the Ly Dynasty, who reclaimed this land. According to legend, the general brought his troops to this land and slaughtered wild boars to feed his soldiers. The pig-chopping festival originated from this. Pig blood in the festival is believed to symbolize prosperity, reproductive ability, vitality and good harvest.

Many people could not believe that such an awful festival still exists in Vietnam. They called for reconsidering the humanity of this festival, though it is a traditional event. What do you think?

Via en.baomoi.com

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