Nepal Airline maintenance problem fixed by goat sacrifice (updated)

No, the following Reuters story about goat sacrifices to fix an airliner is NOT a joke.

Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.

The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft Sunday at Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said.

“The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights,” said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been.

Local media last week blamed the company’s woes on an electrical fault. The carrier runs international flights to five cities in Asia.

It is common in Nepal to sacrifice animals like goats and buffaloes to appease different Hindu deities.


Another fascinating story where modern technology connects with ancient traditions.   These stories take many forms as globalization integrates, for example, Pakistani tribesmen with Silicon Valley‘s high tech companies.

Another example from Lancaster, PA this summer where we learned that many Amish now have cell phones because they are forbidden from land lines but (until recently) there had been no ruling by the elders on cellular phones.

Thanks to Rick Segal, VC extraordinaire, for the sacrificial tip over at his excellent blog, “The Post Money Value”.

Source of Story: Reuters!

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