Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Every autumn Hindu families across Nepal worship the fearsome goddess Durga during the Dashain festival. Durga demands a blood sacrifice, and on the main festival day an uncountable number of goats are exchanged for prosperity, safety, and a good meal.
Buddhists celebrate their own festival on this same day, lighting butter lamps and saying prayers so that the animals may have safe passage through the afterlife and a more fortuitous rebirth.
We are #onassignment in the Mustang region, looking at how traditional practices are adapting to modern-day pressures. Roads, Buddhism, monarchies, climate change, and goat herding are all connected. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies.
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