Ritualistic sacrifice carried out by Indonesians


In a centuries-old religious tradition, thousands of worshipers hiked up an active Indonesian volcano on Saturday (June 26) to hurl cattle and other gifts into its smoking crater.
As part of the Yadny festival, members from the Tengger tribe gather from the surrounding highlands every year to throw fruit, vegetables, flowers, and even animals like goats and chicks into Mount Bromo’s crater.
A lengthy line of worshipers made their way to the summit, some carrying goats on their backs in the hopes of appeasing ancestors and Hindu gods, as well as bringing prosperity to their towns.
Other villagers, who are not members of the Tengger tribe, stand on the crater’s steep slopes, trying to catch the offerings with nets and sarongs before they vanish into the rising smoke.
This isn’t exactly part of the ritual, but it demonstrates the locals’ desire not to squander the contributions.
The Yadnya Kasada celebration on Saturday was the second since the Covid-19 epidemic rocked Indonesia.
The month-long celebration is based on tales about the princess of the Javanese Hindu Majapahit empire and her husband from the 15th century.
The couple implored the gods for aid after years of marriage since they were unable to have children. Their wishes were fulfilled, and they were promised 25 children provided they consented to toss their youngest kid into Mount Bromo as a sacrifice.
According to legend, this son willingly leapt into the volcano to ensure the Tengger people’s prosperity. The Tengger still practise human sacrifice, but they do so with their harvest and farm animals rather than humans.


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