Posted by: cochinblogger | July 19, 2010

Canine Sacrifice

This is a true story that my father told me. It is set in the village of Iyyampilly, near Cochin, in the 1930s. A man, accompanied by his dog, was walking to the river to bathe. He was approaching the steps leading down to the river when the dog began barking. As he began descending the steps, the dog began barking even more loudly and positioned itself between the man and the river. The man, however, simply shooed away the dog and continued descending. As the man’s leg met the last step, the dog hurled itself into the river, and a crocodile rose from the water and snatched it.

To commemorate the sacrifice of the dog, every year the man’s family held a feast for the dogs of the area. I do not know if the tradition continues, but what a wonderful and touching example of the loyalty the dog has for its master!

Postscript: I’ve reached a landmark of sorts. This is my 200th post!

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