Thursday, May 26, 2005

What the cows foretell

I'm still not sure what to make of this one, but as a ritual involving sacred animals, it certainly beats animal sacrifice:
"Cambodia's royal cows have signalled bountiful harvests of rice, beans and corn this year in a traditional ceremony marking the start of the ploughing season...
The royal cows were led to seven dishes -- rice, corn, beans, sesame, grass, water and alcohol -- laid out on trays.
"The royal cows ate 90 percent of the rice offered to them, meaning the rice harvest this year will be good," chief astrologer Kang Ken declared before thousands of onlookers.


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