KATHMANDU (Sept. 4) – Officials at Nepal’s state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said Tuesday.
Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due to 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.
I have to admit, when I read about stuff like this, I think more along the lines of the Adeptus Mechanicus from Warhammer 40,000 than anything else. I mean, I’ve made jokes about making blood sacrifices to appease the computer gods when cutting my finger on PC cases during computer assembly, but this is just a tad ridiculous… :-)