Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan

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Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan. / Miyamoto, Mari; Magnusson, Jan; Korom, Frank.

I: Asian Ethnology, Vol. 80, Nr. 1, 14.07.2021, s. 121-145.

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Miyamoto, Mari, Jan Magnusson och Frank Korom. "Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan". Asian Ethnology. 2021, 80(1). 121-145.

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Miyamoto, Mari ; Magnusson, Jan ; Korom, Frank. / Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan. I: Asian Ethnology. 2021 ; Vol. 80, Nr. 1. s. 121-145.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Animal Slaughter and Religious Nationalism in Bhutan

AU - Miyamoto, Mari

AU - Magnusson, Jan

AU - Korom, Frank

PY - 2021/7/14

Y1 - 2021/7/14

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - nonviolence

KW - tsethar

KW - Buddhism

KW - Bhutan

KW - religious nationalism

KW - slaughter

M3 - Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

VL - 80

SP - 121

EP - 145

JO - Asian Ethnology

JF - Asian Ethnology

SN - 1882-6865

IS - 1

ER -