Monks Protest In Chilaw

Taking goat to sacrifice

Taking goat to sacrifice, photo by Natalie Soyza

Police personnel have today (25) prevented a group of protesting Buddhist monks from marching towards the Munneswaram Kali Amman Hindu Temple in Chilaw.

The protesting monks have decided to march to the Kovil to protest against an animal slaughter ritual that is expected to take place today.

Media personnel in the area have reported that a tense situation has developed in Chilaw as the monks have been prevented from marching towards the Kovil.

The riot police have reportedly been deployed in the area and the police have prevented the group of monks from reaching the Kovil.

The angry monks are reportedly seated on the road, refusing to move from the area till the ritual is stopped.
Around 300 goats and a large number of fowl are to be slaughtered at a religious event today.

172 Comments for “Monks Protest In Chilaw”

  1. Siddhalepa

    Dear Monks, You already have lot of things to protest. Protest against those monks
    1) who are area thugs with robe in many places
    2) who sexually molest kids who are join this “monk gang”
    3) who support war crime & genocide
    4) who staged comedy drama in front of UN
    5) who directly or indirectly take part in ethnic riots (During Dark July killer mobs are led by monk to kill Tamil civilians)
    6) who keep mistress in the neighbourhood (one of my neighbour’s daughter is known as monks daughter in our area)
    7) who take part in politics
    8) who drive expensive vehicles

    befor you think of cleaning other’s back yard please clean yours first

  2. Neutral

    what is religion? A system with codes of practice. Who made relgions? human. thats you and me. Mutton is a luxury good. The poor cannot afford it. So this is what they do. An annual mutton day. As long as the meat is consumed, i do not see any fault. All you animal lovers, where is your love for the thousands of lives killed at butcher shops every week? I only see a crowd who choose to eat their annual luxury meal at their so called temple in celebration. A human expression at the end of the day. If you are blind and only believe your religion is the true religion and the rest are like another form of alien, you are dumb. If you would only care about your own kind, your religion has failed you.

  3. If sacrificing animals are wrong, the water we drink has many micro beings (regardless big, small, tiny or micro size) which we consume on daily basis. Today science has proved that, even the trees and herbs too communicate and even has a gender plus reproduce because it is alive too.

    Is drinking water a crime? And being a vegetarian is a crime too?

    • Ruwan Ferdinandez

      AJ, Do trees cry? Don’t talk about science please, but killing a living beings is uncivilised. However, this is different, this is sacrificing a life to God expecting a better life for oneself. This Goddess seems to enjoy killing, doesn’t that sound a bit silly for the 21st century?? These cheats, con artists who run worship places need to be given Mervyn treatment. In Britain for example, the animal charity RSPCA would have taken the Poosari to courts for this horrendous crime, not only inhumane killings but conning the poor folk through it.

      • “These cheats, con artists who run worship places need to be given Mervyn treatment.”
        Polical heavyweights in SL run to India to worship these “Gods & Goddesses” especially befor elections.

        Should we punish them too?

  4. Quicky

    what about billions of sperms killed over a quicky?

  5. Oli

    Well to all people I would find this as just another normal day just because this particular incident has been highlighted in one place specially a religious or ritual place. Everybody is talking about it……… but hasn’t it crossed your mind how many chickens are been slaughtered at Prima or Crisbo in chicken farms…? How many cows or goats around the country for food per day… So do u think that these goats and chickens r killed and thrown I am positive that they would be taken back home or eaten and not wasted. If it is wasted I think this should be stopped immediately.. People who are resists and hypocrites and who are jobless has nothing to do just want to aggravate something out of these and get highlighted for their own gain who knows for what,,???……….for an example some say I am a vegetarian…… I don’t eat fish …but I eat dry fish……????? So why not….. Dried mutton….. Dried beef…. Dried Pork …or whatever ….that’s what our Wadda people used do dry stuff hehe ……… GOSH THIS COUNTRY IS FULL OF HYPOCRITES AND RESISTS……. LOL

    • There was a recommendation in the media not to eat chicken imported from China, as they are realy dead chikens ,collected from vilages and exported.
      May be those who are aginst killing of animals not mind eating these imported chicken.

  6. kevin

    Well to all people i would find this as just another normal day just because this particular incident has been highlighted in one place specially a religious or ritual place. Every body is talking about it……… but hasn’t it crossed your mind how many chickens are been slaughter at Prima or Crisbo in chicken farms…? how many cows or goats around the country for food per day… So do u think that these goats and chickens r killed and thrown I am positive that they would be taken back home or eaten and not wasted. If it is wasted i think this should be stopped immediately.. People who are resist and hate other religions and who are jobless has nothing to do just want to aggravate some thing out of these and get highlighted for there own gain who knows for what,,???. Example of some say i am a vegetarian…… I don’t eat fish but i eat dry fish……????? so why not dry mutton….. dry beef ….dry pork … GOSH ARE COUNTRY IS FULL OF HYPOCRITES AND RESISTS……. LOL

  7. brotherC

    yeah these monkies are a real menace. where were they when sinhala people were killing tamils? it is ok for them to let killings of humans go without a fuss but makes such a hue and cry when it comes to animals. we live an a multi ethnic society and this our is not for Buddhist!

  8. brotherC

    should read as ….and this country is only meant for Buddhists!!

  9. velu

    Brother C where were you when your Tamil terrorist leader was killing hundreds of thousands of Sinhalese people.. you funded them…LTTE kept hundreds of bombs where innocent civilians were living..you butchered tens of thousands of Sinhalese infants in cold blood.. Sri Lankan Army wiped out the ruthless terrorists from this country.. Now war crime charges must be brought upon terrorist supporters like you who funded them to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent Sinhalese

    • mudaliar

      I don’t know whether you are tamil or singlese but you definitely aren’t normal human being. But all I know is people who love peace, who serve humanity see all human being equal. In India we have been taught this from our school time unlike SHIT LANKA where every school children is taught that Tamils are their enemy and so they grow with this pathetic mentality. ‘Singlese The Fart’ grow up man, SHIT LANKA always ran across the different corner of world with begging bowl (JAPAN,INDIA,CHINA, SHIT ISTAN,RUSSIA,IRAN, LIBYA,BURMA,MALAYSIA etc.)to gather support you are absolutely right here, infact say it in other way never did any thing independentely because it can never do any thing independently apart from creating terror.on tamil peoples…oh such a poor country. Cant you see what you people have done to your country. It wasn’t like that when it parted from british. Change your attitude before SHIT LANKA becomes like Hell. Oh man think of your loved ones……….you will definitely learn to love others.

    • Yes agreed.
      But the charges should be investigated and evidence produced for crimes by both sides.
      However there is strong opposition only from one side against investigation.

  10. SIRISENA RAMANAYAKA

    It is not an excuse to say or justify the killing of innocent animals just because fowls and other animals are slaughtered else where to be consumed by inhuman flesh eaters. In this so called civilized world the Innocent animals should not be slaughtererd for rituals of uncivilized fools still existed in this world in this 21st, century.

    Any just person belongs to any religion cannot justify such an acts, this barberic followers of so called terror gods who wares neck laces of human sculls , can one day kill their farthers , mothers and even own children as rituals.

    The so called followers of “God Praba” kilied innocent poor villagers , infants, elders with swords, knives in cold blood belongs to all communities in this country.

    • Sirisena Ram..
      Don’t be one sided.
      Killing innocents by aerial bombs (some say chemical bombs)
      and bull dozing civilians live are also equally to be condemned.

  11. Omar Anwar

    The issue here is a group of monks protesting against slaughtering animals in Munneswaram Kali Amman Hindu Temple in Chilaw. Some racist elements dragging Islam & Christianity into it. The best thing is to refrain from commenting against those comments. No point!
    No need to make Monks, priests, Hindus or Islam, down and belittle.
    Its not worth spreading HATRED.

  12. chandran-kandy

    I would like to request to our Religious Monks, instead of seating on the road in the temple side in Chilaw protesting against slaughtering animals, please organize to seat all the Monks in the Island-wide,in front of all Butchery shop in the town areas.This is also good idea No? How my idea? good or bad?

    • nammada aal

      Your idea is good. But no use, because already, buddhist monks sit in front of butchery shops every morning to get the best cut first before the meat is over..

    • chandran-kandy

      Ane… Marusira!…. Paw…. Shall I bring a Haraka or Gona to your home for Night meals? Do you know Marusira how to cut Gona & Haraka? Firstly, tie the legs & take very shrp Knife & cut the Neck of Gona or Haraka. OK. After that UYALA KAPANG harrida?

  13. 7-11 Shop

    Honarable Monks, this is your duty, preached by Lord Buddha. The whole World Buddhists appreciate your idea of even like this “Teaching the laymen” about results of “Taking the lives of living being is useless and a sin”. Without going to the parliament and wasting time and knowledge just for a couple of thousands, to support to foolish politicians.If Monks do this type of things to educate “Sinfull Society” realy we have to appreciate. That is the real expectation of “Lord Buddha”.

    “Ek anganak Ek Eludenaka Hisa sinda- Siyalanga aveli Ginidel Niraya Duk Winda.-Eya Enga Roma Ganne His Kapum Laba- Mema Ranga Weya Katath Dena Ganuya Sonda (Loweda Sangarawa)

  14. Sumathi

    I am getting tired of my parent’s so called hela urumay as i see more of these Buddhist Monkey hypocrites.

    Oh, do they really fight against injustice done in our country? Isn’t this not just their political agenda?
    Why can’t they let other religions practice their religious freedom without interfering with theirs?
    Are they not part of this democratic society, where they must enjoy their religious freedom?
    Why can’t they respect other people’s religious convictions as much as they are convicted of their own?
    Do they know by any chance what is the democracy means?

    Do they really teach and practice what Lord Buddha taught?

    Food for thought !

  15. gamarala

    My buddhist friends avoided eating undamaged eggs during poya, but ate cracked eggs. They said that by the cracking,the embryos were dead and they were thus not killing a living being. The cracked eggs were often called “buddhist eggs”. I respected their views.

    • the fortieth thief

      You forgot, the cracked eggs did not simply come that way. Somebody had to crack them. They were cracked by the other half of your buddhist friends who had a dislike for eggs because they loved beef more. So, by cracking the eggs, they could draw more people into eating eggs thereby saving more beef for themselves.

  16. mudaliar

    We should respect other people’s faith and sentiments as well as their views. The biggest massacres, in the human history, have taken place in the name of race and language in SRI LANKA. Millions and millions of people have been brutally killed and maimed, for decades, in the name of race and religion. What use is this God who can not stop the cruel and cold blooded massacres taking place in his own name? His own people killing their fellow brethren. Sometimes I feel that religion & hatered is the most dividing factor in the annals of history. Can we all not shun violence and hypocrisy and embrace peace?

  17. anbu

    I find this whole fiasco ironic.
    Sri Lankan HIndus are more likely to be vegetarian proportionately than any other groups in Sri Lanka. Most Buddhists including Bhikkus are likely to be carnevourous. HIndu priests and other sections of the HIndu community including ours are vegetarians for generations. Killing two hunded animals need to be seen through this prism. More animals are killed by all communities for eating on a daily basis.
    It is hypocritical to make noise about a communityity killing 200 animals when other comminities kill animals on a daily basis.
    This is a folk practice that has got equivalants in Sinahala Buddhist practices in the excocism ceremonies aswell
    It is better that the monks go and protest against the Meat eating Buddhist monks. This is an attempt in politicizing religion

  18. Ram . Ramalingam

    We should not have this as Hindu VS Buddist or sinhalese VS Tamils. This is likes and dislikes. you may have your believes. but in a worship place many people come for peace of mind. we know every day thousands of birds and animals are getting killed for consumption purpose. but not in public.no religion request killings as vows. we are in a modern world why cant we change our self on issues like this. Hope for the better future

  19. Ohri

    We hindus don’t like you Buddhist messing with our gods honestly. now this report is spread over India, everybody is mad.. you see, in the first place we in India brought Buddhism to a zero in its inception, hundreds of years ago. Please let us not eradicate it in its entirety.

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  21. anbu

    Joshuva Franklin
    August 25, 2010 – 7:43 pm

    Hi Streetlamp, you can’t compare overnight chanting with animal sacrifice. I’m Roman Catholic, and I support the monks’ move. I wonder what kind of nasty “goddess” Kali is. She can’t be a goddess but a demoness, as she is famous for sex, dance and blood-drinking.

    The Las time I went to a catholic church they were enacting canibaliosm. Drinking the blood of christ, and body in the form of bread and wine. MAybe you need to cremember catholisms cannabalistic past

    • Mahinda

      Obviously you are not a Catholic, or a non-Catholic Christian. If your claim is true, then you must be just is or was a nominal Catholic or Christian who don’t know what you believe!
      In the like manner, your interpretation of catholic Church or Biblical teaching are wrong.
      what you say does not make sense, but a childish talk. you said that the Catholic church drinks human blood! and therefore Catholics are cannibals!!!. (your spelling for cannibals is also wrong).

      i am not a catholic either, but i do know they do not drink human blood, nor eat human flesh.
      The ‘Lord’s’ supper’ (also called ‘the communion’) that you are trying to pervert is, in fact, a memorial that they commemorate in their worship symbolically reminds the Christ’s self-sacrificing love for humanity, his death, resurrection, and accession.
      Jesus Christ, has given us a principle that’s known today as the ‘Golden rule. He said, ‘Treat others, the way you like to be treated’, (the basis for the modern Human Right concept).

  22. mudaliar

    Racist singlese are definitely aren’t normal human being. But all I know is people who love peace, who serve humanity see all human being equal. In India we have been taught this from our school time unlike SHIT LANKA where every school children is taught that Tamils are their enemy and so they grow with this pathetic mentality. ‘Singlese The Fart’ grow up man, SHIT LANKA always ran across the different corner of world with begging bowl (JAPAN,INDIA,CHINA, SHIT ISTAN,RUSSIA,IRAN, LIBYA,BURMA,MALAYSIA etc.)to gather support you are absolutely right here, infact say it in other way never did any thing independentely because it can never do any thing independently apart from creating terror.on tamil peoples…oh such a poor country. Cant you see what you people have done to your country. It wasn’t like that when it parted from british. Change your attitude before SHIT LANKA becomes like Hell. Oh man think of your loved ones……….you will definitely learn to love other

    • Mahinda

      Mudaliar,

      You are calling every Sri Lankan is a ‘racist’? you are very wrong by the way.

      Let me remind you some facts you may have forgotten or not aware of yourself. you are talking about the Govt. of SL. it is common sense that the whole country does not represents the Govt. you know there’s a opposition party although they are not the majority.

      I have lived and studied number of years in India and your opinion expressed here does not truly represent EQUALITY in India. It wouldn’t happen unless they change their religious beliefs and accept Christian principles of equality.

      I have not seen such unequal treatment that they serve to their own people in India than many other places. While Brahmins enjoy all the priviledges at the expense of the poorest and the most unfortunates Indian people they called ‘UNTOUCHABLES”. They are allowed to live only in their ‘untouchable’ communities for the rest of their lives and this has been justified by the false and most convenient Buddhist/Hindu concept of “karma” for that. Those people are also Indians and human beings, after all their own.

      Is that you called equality? Well, I agree that Sri Lanka has similar problems. The ‘RODI’ cast which is equivalent to ‘untouchables’ and all that unequal cast system also came to SL Buddhism from Hindu India.

      The country follows their “spiritual leaders. As Monks themselves have ‘Nikkaya” among them, so does the Hindu.

      This also exists among all your Tamil race, and all among Buddhists.
      The Tamils are not equal among Tamils. There’s equally racism exists among Tamils or more even perhaps than sinhalese that you would agree.

      In Christianity, we break this chain of unequivality. you become a brother or sister and we all are equal before God. but we believe all men and women are created equal!

  23. Mahinda

    Buddhist monks were not wrong protesting against such animal cruelty by such Hindu religious pratices, as long as they do march peacefully,yet without using violence, and force on others free exercise of their religious freedom in a free, democratic society. That’s one of our democratic rights as a citizen of a country!
    The decency of any religious leader is to show wrong acts in a decent and respectful and law abiding, ethical manner setting a good example of a civilized individual. Sometimes, people forget that the wind carries bad news around the globe and soon the whole world know what they said or did.

    That’s what all about our 21st century. you either can destroy your religion, your country or give a positive impression to the world by your behavior. i have seen in my world travels how SL has become unpopular mainly because of a bunch of radical and ignorant elements do in our country today.

  24. Prema de Silva

    Mudaliar….Mud..liar is more appropriate!!! You dont know what you are talking about and its people like you who start racism and all related issues. Go get your brains examined. We dont need any people like you in this world because thats where the trouble starts. The Buddhist priests need to set an example and refrain from eating flesh and become vegetarians instead of doing rubbish

  25. dharma

    the buddist priest must stop eating muttion . you all talk something doing rubbish.why buddist priest killing the human . please respects the human and human values. please learn buddist phillosophy. the policits is different from Religions.

  26. We went to the temple to ask what they prefer for the following day’s alms giving. Some said chicken curry is O.K.

  27. ajith

    we all know monks are playing havoc .everybody including monks knows it.hindus have right to sacrifice animals we should respect it. if animal slaughter is wrong all slaughterhouses banned .why only cows? aren’t other animals living beings?
    but LTTE killed innocent villagers.They exploded buses isn’t it genocide .
    prabhakaran was a Hitler who wanted to slaughter other people other than Tamils.

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