The chairman of a group in charge of coordinating cultural activities for the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 has proposed sacrificing cows outside the 10 stadiums. And he’s pretty damn serious.
More after the break:
“We must have a cultural ceremony of some sort, where we are going to slaughter a beast,” said Zolani Mkiva, chairman of a group responsible for coordinating cultural activities at South Africa 2010.
“We sacrifice the cow for this great achievement and we call on our ancestors to bless, to grace, to ensure that all goes well. It’s about calling for the divinity to prevail for a fantastic atmosphere. We believe that from the start we’ve got to do things in accordance with our own traditions.”
The World Cup is a global event that just happens to be taking place in South Africa. The country is incredibly scenic and has a marvelous array of wildlife and a diverse range of peoples, each with a rich store of myth and folklore.
In other words, there are plenty of unique and colorful African traditions to be celebrated without resorting to animal sacrifice.
Via LA Times
Man…lets add all the problems coming from the 2010 Cup:
-Germany’s players are being told to use bulletproof vests outside the vicinities of their hotel
-Unfair draw rules for the little countries in the tournament (Stronger teams wont be playing against each other in the early games)
-Lets add in the bloodfest of sacrificing cows outside the stadiums, what with families and children around. Yea, that will fly well…are we forgetting the drought around other African countries, where these cows look more like walking bones?
Am I missing anything else?