The efficacy of blood sacrifice

I must admit I have always like flying. There was certainly a time when airplanes were not my particular fancy, but I have grown to love these as well. In fact airline news can, almost always, catch my interest. I similarly love religion and the news that comes out of the religious world. (On a tangential note, if you have not gone over to check out GetReligion.Org you really ought to, a link can be found on the blogroll to the right of this post.)

It is, thus, sheer glee for me when the worlds of religion and airlines intersect. Take for example Mistral Air–the new Vatican-backed transport option for pilgrims–good idea, yes? Well, yes, except for trips taken to shrines with Holy Water in light of current international law on the transportation of liquids. Read more about this here.

And, while Holy Water is interesting (and likely better for you in the long run), I must confess blood sacrifice has a particular appeal that is not easily met by other news bits. For those who do not yet know, Nepal Airlines recently sacrificed two goats, one black, one white, to Akash Bhairab–the Hindu deity of the sky. The idea was suggested by one of the senior engineers, and thankfully, as is the official report, “The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights”.

I really wish there was a way of having long term coverage of this story. I have found indication that the flight immediately after the sacrifice went well (a flight to Singapore), but I would like to know how long the efficacy of the sacrifice works. Is it a cheaper (and thus more economically viable) option than routine Western-styled engineering?

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~ by jeorgesmith on 11 September 2007.

One Response to “The efficacy of blood sacrifice”

  1. The name of the boat that Becka and I took out to the reefs in Porto de Galinhas was “Jesus is Brave”. We weren’t sure if this made us feel more or less safe in the boat. Does one have to be able to walk on water to be brave in this boat?, we wondered. Frequently the truck drivers here put things like “God is faithful” on their trucks, in the belief, I think, that if they butter God up enough they will not have any accidents and no one will steal their truck. (I have come to this conclusion because very few of the aforementioned drivers seem to express interest in God beyond his name’s ability to protect their automobile).

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