Part 1 : (Written in first person)
I am Shabari. I am born into a hunter?s family and belong to the Nishadha tribal community. I grow up loved by hunter folks and playing with the deer, rabbits, peacocks and feeding the birds, the swa...
Part 1 : (Written in first person)
I am Shabari. I am born into a hunter?s family and belong to the Nishadha tribal community. I grow up loved by hunter folks and playing with the deer, rabbits, peacocks and feeding the birds, the swan. Living in the thickly forested area I love all the animals that grow up with me. The doves eat out from hands every day. The deer run to play with me when they see me and drink water from my pot and hands. I love to caress these animals with my tender touch, smiling words and eagerness to be with them all the time.
My friends and I spend our day with our friends the animals after doing our household chores. I continue to stay with the animals till its night time and then return to our huts.
My life remains a beautiful dream spent with so much love to share and so much fun to be had with my beloved animals. At some point in time I forgot they were animals and I a human and we built a bond that we became one.
I could see in all of nature my reflection. In that state all I could do was live with them with utmost peace, joy in abundance and love overflowing.
All of God?s creation respond and rejoice in this love.
Soon I had grown up into a young maiden and my hunter father decided to get me married. Huge preparations were started once the groom got identified. Everyone joined the wedding celebrations. The night before my wedding I was restless.
I was unsure of what the future held for me. I stepped out into the cool night.
A beautiful full moon above I walked in bare feet on the slightly moist grass. I could only see my friends my deer, my dove, my rabbits, the peacocks, the turtle that visit the stream and all the beautiful birds that perch on the branches of the majestic tress and sometimes even perch on my delicate shoulders.
As I remained enraptured in the moon light thinking of my beloved friends I heard and then noticed some hunters herding a very large group of deer to the back of where our huts are located. There were also other animals in the mix with some goats and sheep. Their bleating sound wrenched my heart. I knew something was amiss when I heard the sounds.
I soon found out a shocking truth. All of these animals were being taken to be sacrificed for the marriage dinner.
My father being the leader of the tribal huntsmen my wedding feast was going to be a lavish one. Nothing was spared and neither were the hundreds or more animals.
I just stood there motionless.
I felt so suffocated that I could not breathe. Within moments the cool moon lit night turned hot with unleashed fury built within me. My first reaction was one of horror and anger. Though I knew such customs existed in my tribe I was moved beyond tears when all I could see where innocent animals being led to slaughter and all I could hear where their desperate plea to be live to be saved.
I knew some of the animals were my playmates having lived closer to our huts. The thought of killing them to eat completely wrenched my heart.
The air now seemed filled with deep melancholy and morbid fear. The bleating sounds brought forward forlorn and distressed voices. I was surrounded within of a darkness gloom and dejection I never knew existed. The night turned ghastly and gruesome as I could hear nothing but the morbid bleats of animals led to slaughter. Air remained filled with shuddering sinister appalling stillness reverberating the desolate and despondent animals taking in their final breath.
I could not take it no more. My whole self revolted against the atrocity to be committed on the innocent animals. My heart severed in oppressive sorrow that such was the fate of my dearmost friends. How could I even begin to tell you My Lord the lugubrious feeling dragging me into the earth?s depths of despair?. I felt very hot in that cool night as my being rebelled.
How could I who played with these animals with so much glee and to my hearts delight be a part of this slaughter? Even though I did not physically do the kill
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