Thursday, December 14, 2006

Turkish Aviation Techs Go to Extraordinary Lengths to Thank God

You can quetion their practices, but you can't question their faith. From the AP:

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A group of Turkish aviation technicians were so happy to be rid of the last of a batch of troublesome planes that they sacrificed a camel on the tarmac of Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport. . . .

Turks traditionally sacrifice animals as an offering to God for when their wishes come true, in addition to sacrificing animals during the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, a ritual commemorating the biblical account of God's provision of a ram for Abraham to sacrifice as he was about to slay his son.

"We are happy to be rid of planes which frequently broke down," the daily Cumhuriyet quoted Can as saying after the sacrificing ceremony.

From the Turkish Daily News:

The camel is dead, but 700 kilos of fresh camel meat were distributed according to religious ritual to deserving airport worker

My question: Where'd they get the camel?


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