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Worshippers seen throwing live animals into volcano

By Mason White 10:54 AM August 14, 2014
Animal being take to volcano 

By: Hydar Tomar
Worshippers in Indonesia, were seen offering gifts to the mountain gods, including throwing live animals into a volcano.

A Tenggerese worshipper brought a goat as an offering during the Yadnya Kasada Festival, at the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java.

The event is the main festival of the Tenggerese people, and lasts about a month.

On the fourteenth day, the Tenggerese make the journey to Mount Bromo, to make offerings of rice, fruits, vegetables, flowers and livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the caldera of the volcano.

The festival began in the 15th century, when a princess named Roro Anteng, began Tengger with her husband Joko Seger. The childless couple asked the mountain gods for help in having children.

Legend has it that the gods granted them 24 children, but on the provision that the 25th must be thrown into the volcano as a sacrifice.

Child 25, Kesuma, was sacrificed in this way after the child’s initial refusal, and the tradition of throwing sacrifices into the caldera to appease the mountain gods continues today.