Festival to drink Yak blood begins in Nepal

A festival of drinking fresh blood of Yak to cure diseases, like gastritis, is being celebrated in Nepal's north-west district Mustang.
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Updated on Jul 20, 2008 07:17 PM IST
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PTI | ByHT Correspondent, Kathmandu

A festival of drinking fresh blood of Yak to cure diseases, like gastritis, is being celebrated in Nepal's north-west district Mustang.

The festival is celebrated twice a year during April-May and July-August by local people.

Some 5-10 glasses of Yak blood is taken out by piercing its neck and drunk without killing the animal, said Shushil Serchan, a former Parliament member from Mustang district. Yak hardly notices when the blood is taken out as it does not harm the animal, he said adding.

It costs around Rs 60 to drink a glass of Yak blood and people drink instantly before it freezes. They also put Yak dung or excreta on their wounds believing it will heal them.

Tourists who come to this mountain region also sometimes enjoy drinking the animal blood, Shushil said.

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