September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014

Blessed Beast

Photograph by Aaron Huey, National Geographic

Traditions endure in the Svaneti region, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains. Here, a bull with candles on its horns is blessed at a tenth-century church near the town of Mestia before being sacrificed for a February feast dating from pre-Christian times.

See more pictures from the October 2014 feature story “Medieval Mountain Hideaway.”

14 comments
pala lechat
pala lechat

I don't know how blessed he is but he sure is cute!

R. Lorenzatto
R. Lorenzatto

The high ISO and noise add to the mood of the scene wonderfully, while the caption below gives the photo its "wow" factor. 

Nice!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

May he continue to be blessed.  j.e.s...........

Bobbie Howard
Bobbie Howard

How is it beautiful when this poor creature is about to be slaughtered just to satisfy a human belief in religion???

fred birple
fred birple

@Bobbie Howard  The caption mentions 'feast', which I hope means these unfortunate believers will not waste the animal

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