On Bulgaria's 'Barbaric' Ritual

Novinite Insider » EDITORIAL | Author: Nikola Petrov |February 23, 2012, Thursday // 12:41| Views: | Comments: 8
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Bulgaria: On Bulgaria's 'Barbaric' Ritual

A bizarre ritual exists in a tiny and remote southeastern Bulgarian village:

A dog is suspended above water on a rope, then turned repeatedly in a given direction to wind the rope, then released so that it spins rapidly in the opposite direction as the rope unwinds, until the dog falls into the water.

And it is supposed to prevent rabies.

Provided this year's ritual dog spinning planned for Saturday is not stopped by NGOs, here is what kind of idiotic comments will most likely appear in forums across the world:

"These Bulgarians are barbarians! Let's nuke them!"

(Yes, all Bulgarians are terrible and torturing dogs is their national hobby. Besides, what better way to fight against animal cruelty than to inspire violence?)

"This is the most terrible thing I have ever seen!"

(We have all seen disturbing images of wars and massacres, but some of us are apparently more prone to witnessing frightened dogs.)

The ritual will hopefully die out, as it is cruel and unnecessary (in was only renewed in 2011 because of the FMD outbreak near in the Brodilovo region.) I hope that just some of the Internet stupidity will die out, too.

On a different note, I also hope that Bulgaria's sick and impoverished people will receive at least as much media attention as this particular topic.

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Naso - 25 Feb 2012 // 09:44:32

I wouldn't be surprise if the pagan tradition get protected by the EU pagan cultural authorities.
Dog spinning is Not Bulgarian Tradition, but ancient ritual of pagan origin, performed in order to prevent rabies.
In that case the EU pagans should provide the Beasts Dogs to be executed in the ceremony.

Bulgarian dogs are not to be touched by pagans.
Horses and Dogs are the Bulgarian people best friends.

“Love Dogs”
“Love Bulgaria” 1%++

bogomil - 24 Feb 2012 // 19:00:43

The Spinning Dogs of Brodilovo will soon enjoy EU protection, to join the Devetaki Cave bats, egg-laying chickens, & Porky the pig

Naso - 24 Feb 2012 // 18:59:45

I don't know what you have seen on 'intarweb', but sacrificing horses and dogs is not a Bulgarian tradition. It is known that some barbaric tribes in the Bulgarian kingdom are using “Gray Wolf “ for rituals, but never dogs.
Horses and dogs are very special for the Bulgarian Khans since the time of Noah.

Just "Love Bulgaria" 1%++

Thenonymous - 24 Feb 2012 // 17:14:17

I've seen those love horses and love dogs sites on the intarweb, I didn't realise they were Bulgarian.

Naso - 24 Feb 2012 // 16:44:49

Killing dogs is simply not acceptable in Bulgaria.

Horses and dogs are integrated symbol of the Bulgarian culture from century.
For Bulgarian People Horses and Dogs are not just best friends and companions, but much more. It is century and century old Bulgarian tradition horses and dogs to be loved, respected and protected as special representatives of the animal-kingdom and Bulgarian men best friends.

“Love Dogs”
“Love Horses”
“Love Bulgaria” 1%++

kuzmanov - 24 Feb 2012 // 15:26:38

... or maybe you should replace some of thousands dogs involved in the illegal pound seizure ran by Bulgaria's animal shelter system.

sa-sha - 24 Feb 2012 // 14:34:08

Not "stupid", but criminal practice. Ask those dogs, do they want
to be the 'stars' of that idiocy? Or-better-replace them, Mr.Nicola
Petrov, and-when the 'show' is over-share Your sensations, блядь.


kuzmanov - 24 Feb 2012 // 14:12:26

However, animal advocates Bulgarian style are jumping against this stupid practice just for raising popularity (and funding) rather than defending some kind of a substantial animal welfare standard.

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