Live Pig Chopped into Halves in Rural Vietnam Festival (Graphic)
January 25, 2013 | by Albert Alou

Okay. I probably have something against pigs. They’re bloated, eat junk, like junk, and they can be really fierce. You and an angry warthog, alone? Game Over.

But this…

pig chopping in Vietnam

…is just, well, gross!

It’s the annual “pig-chopping” festival in the Vietnamese town of Nem Thuong, some 25 miles north of Hanoi. The festival is held in honor of the local guardian deity, Doan Thuong, on the sixth day of each lunar new year. The celebrations include traditional festival features, such as a parade and live music, but one part of the ceremony is not for the lily-livered.

Enter King Pig.

According to Yahoo! News India, a live pig is shuttled around the village before being placed supine on the ground. Assistants hold ropes attached to the pig’s legs, spreading the animal’s appendages apart to expose its belly. A man wielding a large blade then chops the pig into two messy halves, and the villagers rush to smear the blood on bank notes, hoping for good pecuniary luck in the new year.

What a way to get to the porcine afterlife.

Activists inside Vietnam and abroad have condemned the practice, of course. We would like to think P.E.T.A. has had a talk or two with the village honcho over…a breakfast of bacon with ham slices mixed in. You know.

Graphic footage ahead.

(source)

Albert Alou

Albert Alou

Albert Alou is a freelance writer, aspiring author, newbie webmaster... and a dozen other things. He hails from the "mother" continent, Africa, and has been to every one of the 193 countries and territories under the UN -- though, strictly within the confines of his vivid imagination. He's madly in love with the three P's of literature: plays, poetry, and prose. He's into music (particularly metal), video games (all of them, please), anime and manga (Rurouni Kenshin), football (AC Milan), and destroying whole alien planets with the Force. He's an ailurophile and an animal lover in general, and still thinks sporting a pair of mutton chops is pretty cool. He's weird like that.
15 Comments
  • As I recall, the Toraja tribe on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi slaughter tens of live water buffalo and hundreds of live pigs using machetes (with the village boys collected the fresh blood with bamboo tubes) during their funeral ritual, which are later eaten at the funeral feast. The Iban tribe of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo are said to give an arriving guest to their longhouse the privilege of killing a live pig which will be later served at a welcoming meal for said guest. I’ve also heard of a water buffalo being slaughtered alive as part of a wedding ritual practiced by an ethnic minority tribe in Northeastern Cambodia. It seems cruel by Western standards, but similar things are done in lots of cultures around the world. I do have to add that the video brings a whole new meaning to the term pork chop.

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