Noon day heat,
going to and fro,
Tourists taking pictures of them.
Asking us to take pictures for them – and with us, for good luck!
Sacred Goats too!
A black Billy Goat
cowering down in the shade of the temple.
A brass bell around its neck
Every minute or so a worshipper steps up to ring that bell. For good luck and for Blessings to be bestowed.
Loud noise next to delicate ears created to hear the steps of the Wolf in soft grass….
I step up and in “Animal speak” = picture language ask the Billy Goat if I may ring its Bell.
He decisively turns its head away from me towards the wall.
“No you may NOT”!
Seconds later a devotee steps up, grabs the bell and rings it loudly.
“You are the ONLY ONE that EVER asked!” he pictured!
On time less in its life, that he is having to hear the noise ringing through his body.
Just 1 time less……
….. I do understand that- completely!
But he is alive! Not like all the thousands of Goats, Bullocks and Chickens sacrificed during the ongoing Dashain festival.
He will live out his days like this, here….. with the bell…..
A little further on the child of a ??western Tourist?? throws away an Apple, just 1 bite missing…
I go over and pick it up.
A Gift from a Tree Sister – not honoured.
A gift for the Billy Goat.
He looks up at me, as I lay the treat before him.
Surprise in Animal eyes.
He delicately nibbles his prize.
I have to run –
-after the group……
Temple of Woman Elders:
Bhola and Sadhu