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The wrong kind of sacrifice

By Namia Akhtar

Category Newspaper Articles
Abstract

Eid is an occasion to reconnect with our higher selves, the transcendent self that exists within us to connect with the celestial and to instill at least a fragment of that celestial order in our lives. Nonetheless, in contemporary Muslim society in urban Bangladesh, Eid-ul-Azha has evolved into a social festival -- and less of a religious one -- that provides the middle class and the upper class with an opportunity to aggrandise their self-esteem. The days preceding the Eid-ul-Azha become a podium for self-aggrandisement which is performed and established through the comparisons made among sacrificial animals.

Submitter

Katie Carroll

Date 28 September 2015
Publication Title Dhaka Tribune
Pages 3
Publisher Dhaka Tribune
URL http://hdl.handle.net/10361/4518
Language English
Tags
  1. Animal care
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animal sacrifice
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Human-animal relationships
  8. Manners and customs.
  9. Religions
  10. Sacrifice
  11. Societies