This paper explores the shifting role of slaughter and meat consumption in Bhutan as a result of the recent religionization of Bhutanese politics and as a case of religious nationalism. It is argued that there is a tension between customary meat consumption and traditional blood sacrifice and the Buddhist non-violent ritual practice of tsethar that is propagated as a central part of modern Bhutanese nationalism and good citizenship. It has created a situation where animal welfare and vegetarianism are dominant in the public discourse while slaughter and meat consumption still continue but as concealed and obscure practices. The paper presents data from ethnographic fieldwork and other sources to demonstrate how this process has played out in practice.
|Publication status||Published - 2021 Jul 14|
Subject classification (UKÄ)
- Social Sciences Interdisciplinary