Rare scenes of the ritual of a goat during a ceremony to the Rain God, Bhima, were filmed in the mountainous region of the state of Andhra Pradesh Eastern India recently by an expedition of British students from Cambridge University.
SV NATIVE BAND
SV MAN STARTS BONFIRE
SV MEN HOLD GOAT
SV DRUMMER PLAYING
SV MEN HOLD GOAT
SV MAN TAKES AIM WITH KNIFE
SV GOAT HELD IN POSITION
CU MAN RAISED KNIFE
SV GOAT'S HEAD CUT OFF
SV CHILDREN WATCH
SV BLOOD DRAINED FROM STRUGGLING GOAT
CU POT OF BOILING BLOOD
SV CHILDREN RECEIVE PORTION OF BLOOD
CU MAN COOKS GOAT'S HEAD
SV MEN COOK GOAT'S BODY
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Background: Rare scenes of the ritual of a goat during a ceremony to the Rain God, Bhima, were filmed in the mountainous region of the state of Andhra Pradesh Eastern India recently by an expedition of British students from Cambridge University.
Smoke from a special fire kindled on a hill brought villagers from a wide area to the shrine of Bhima. This god is not a widely known Hindu figure, and is only worshipped in this area. The ceremony was held in an attempt to hasten the arrival of the annual monsoon.
The fire, built on a large slab of rock, had a shrine at its base. Tethered nearby was the white goat, awaiting sacrifice. Musicians were grouped around the small clearing. Before they began to play, the drums were "tuned" by holding them near the fire to tighting the hides of which they were constructed.
At the climax of the ceremony the goat was led forward. As the villagers watched, a tribal elder severed its head high a swing of a long knife. Immediately the blood which spurted from its still-twitching body was caught in a bowl.
This blood was added to gruel which had been prepared on the fire. Then eagerly the men, women and children drank the mixture. Later the whole carcass and the head of the goat were roasted and eaten.