Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift


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.


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Boston University
  • Keio University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Tvärvetenskapliga studier


  • nonviolence, tsethar, Buddhism, Bhutan, religious nationalism, slaughter
Sidor (från-till)121-145
TidskriftAsian Ethnology
Utgåva nummer1
StatusPublished - 2021 jul 14
Peer review utfördJa