Blog Entries
Echo of Nature Worship: Yulin's Solstice Feast
Category: Member Blogs
Tags: Human Rights Animal Rights Religion

China. It's a strange and special place throughout history. Religion and conflict over it is about as old as dirt, and China has had plenty of it's share, and it's part of why religion bans that came with communism made sense. Even now, the Chinese are not nearly as unified as one may think without religious divides. Dogs as food is also nothing new, nor was it ever isolated to Asia. When prey animals ran short, a hunting hound may end up dinner any place where hunting hounds were kept, and when the sheep fell to sickness or food shortage, the herding dog would take their place when families had to survive the winter.

This makes the 'dog and lychee' festival rather important, culturally speaking. Food is the center of the solstice festival, making it VERY familiar to pagans. Yes, there is violence too, but in any tradition we can track, violent sacrifice is often part of it's oldest form. For most of the more visible non-christian paths the violent aspects have died out, but bull fighting has not and also comes from very pagan food and fertility rights. Side by side, modern dog and lychee festival in China and bull fighting are not that far removed from each other, and the Chinese word for 'offering' is even written with the character for 'dog' in it.

Naturally, the Chinese government will not admit to any of this because the money made is more important than the religion ban.

Given the suppression that many fertility and harvest based festivals have gotten in the Christian dominated era and China's ban on religion, I find it hard to condemn a shred of traditional worship slipping through the cracks of government control. We are talking about a nation where dissidents, such as Christians and Buddhists, can not only be arrested for faith, but also killed to be carved up as organ donors LEGALY. Yes, the cruelty to the ANIMAL bothers me, but the HUMAN RIGHTS issues bother me more. To me, comfortably sitting in America at a computer and getting outraged over a distasteful spiritual path would be easy, yet in China the notion of a path at all is something of a spiritual revolution.

In days past, a food used since 1700 B.C. would have been bread and well cared for just as any live stock would be. Wounded and underfed animals don't live as long or get as big, so it was in primitive farmers best interest to be attentive. Suppression of the historic context and modern apathy in the meat industry have corrupted what began as a celebration of natures bounty, just as any meat we use for our own holy days may be corrupted if we don't personally know the farmer who raised and butchered it. Despite that, a sense of community and reverence still linger in a feast day for us all.

So it's hard for me to condemn China's feast, no matter how savage it seems on the surface. It may be a loss for animal rights, but in a nation where American Christian Missionaries can vanish into thin air without any questions, this may be a step in the right direction for human rights.

RSS
Blog Categories
Recent Comments
"I am not Christian... but I am absolutely obsessed with these topics... and..."
In: The problem with our history
by: Tristesse
"Very nice!"
In: Some of my poems
by: Tristesse
"I know how that feels... but sadly, there isn't anyone who carries out..."
In: A LONG OVER DUE ritual
by: Tristesse
"I think that although there can be various similar traits amongst vampires, this..."
In: Most Vampyres for real
by: Tristesse
"Happy Anniversary, Temple UVUP!"
In: Our TUVUP anniversary and the longest night
by: Tristesse
"One is not suposed to blend or merge spiritual faiths together.... because the..."
In: New Years Resolution
by: Tristesse
"This is not Vampyrian news even though its posted here"
In: Thrilled
by: Rev. JP Vanir
"This is not Vampyrian news even though its posted here"
In: Yoga Pose Myths: It's About Time!
by: Rev. JP Vanir
"re·li·gion rəˈlijən/ noun ..."
In: Does anyone else see Vampyrism as a religion?
by: Rev. JP Vanir
"You have faith that thier are otehr beings if you have respect for..."
In: Does anyone else see Vampyrism as a religion?
by: nox_lumen
"OMG This was so wonderful reading about you and your..."
In: Have your cake and eat it too.
by: Lilitha Vain
"Congrats on that. I'm not really supposed to eat sugar either. If you want..."
In: Have your cake and eat it too.
by: LilacRavenclaw
"Me too. She didn't complain about it, but every birthday seeing her go..."
In: Have your cake and eat it too.
by: nox_lumen
"I am glad that youfinally got a cake which all the family can..."
In: Have your cake and eat it too.
by: MOONTAN
"I don't have totes. I should. I can sew, and I have cardboard..."
In: Upcycling and Organization
by: nox_lumen
"I wish I could recycle like I used to but I..."
In: Upcycling and Organization
by: Rev. JP Vanir
"Yes, I have heard of emo thing and here in Finland is..."
In: Solitude
by: MOONTAN
"Emo means emotional crybaby in my terminalogy but i suppose that could..."
In: Solitude
by: Rev. JP Vanir
"I have never mentioned to hurt anybody when I said that "emo" translation!!!..."
In: Solitude
by: MOONTAN

Who is Online?
Help Us or Contact us:

Contact Rev. JP Vanir at:

jp.vanir@templeuvup.network,

jp.vanir@vampyrian.org,

or revjpvanir@gmail.com

SITE PLAYLIST





Join our mailing list

Become a Patron!



2261164 com wheelofthe

Website Fund
NETWORK CHATS BELOW Wednesdays but the last one of the month 7pm to 10pm
Vampyrian TempleUVUP ***MAIN Chat***



Vampyrian TempleUVUP Discord Chat











Network Poll
Most Active Members
Rev. JP Vanir
Recent Activity Items: 32
Giselle
Recent Activity Items: 11
Night Walker
Recent Activity Items: 8
Blackdalhia
Recent Activity Items: 1
Tristesse
Recent Activity Items: 1
Events
There are no upcoming events
Comments
5/25/2018
Daekae777: https://(www)
5/15/2018
Rev. JP Vanir: I posted a test post in the cat lovers group just fine I dont know what happened?
5/10/2018
Rev. JP Vanir: Snow Wolf its working now for me?
3/5/2018
Snow Wolf: hello all just seeing how many are still on here from time to time whats up?
3/1/2018
Rev. JP Vanir: WoW I had no idea people posted on here. I am always on here but I keep missing stuff
2/28/2018
Snow Wolf: sHOUT BOX IN CAT LOVERS GROUP WONT LOAD SO I CAN LEAVE A COMMENT IT STAYS BLACK
2/13/2018
Tristesse: Remember, thou art but dust, and into dust thou shalt return. Repent, all ye sinners
1/9/2018
LWCRAIG: May you all live long & be content in whatever you do
1/8/2018
Tristesse: *dances nekked in Box* Where's everybody?
1/2/2018
Tristesse: Greetings, Shadow...
shadow: Hello everyone
12/31/2017
Tristesse: Have a blessed 2018!
12/27/2017
Tristesse: Happy Holidays!
12/18/2017
Oriel: Hi JP I don't do video chat,but hope it goes well-and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
9/30/2017
Oriel: Hi all Check out the themes group
Login or Join our website to post.

Live Support