Department of Zoology ,P.P.K.College ,Bundu. ,Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.
Strange superstitious practices through killing of innocent animals in Jharkhand.
Jharkhand is a land of forest and tribals . The ehnic groups residing here are mainly Oraons , Mundas , Santhals , Bedias , Ho and Purans. They have their own traditions of worship and other things .They rely on their folk-lores for the fulfllment of long cherrished wishes .Author has found that some of the small animals like tortoise , owl , gaerden lizards ,bats etc. are the victms of such superstitious practices and got killed for the satisfaction of their desires . For examlpe tortoises are killed on a large scale for their meat beleived enhancing the life span of man.The prevalent practice of sacrificing owls for pleasing the Goddess of wealth is really disheartening for the environment conservationists. It is worth mentioning here that these animals are one of the important links of our ecosystem . There is a harsh need now felt as to initiate mass awareness drive against such superstitious mass killing of these poor creatures in interiors of Jharkhand.
Snakes are killed to extract oil for various diseases
Water Hen cptured from field and boiled in oil ,the oil used for various diseases
Tortoise killed for treatment of various diseases
Bike as different animal carrier