Diwali http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22794/all en India's secret shame: Owl sacrifice mars Hinduism's biggest holiday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/121109/india-diwali-hinduism-tantrik-owl-sacrifice <p>NEW DELHI &mdash; As the rest of India celebrates Hinduism&#39;s festival of lights on Tuesday, unscrupulous witch doctors known as &ldquo;tantriks&rdquo; will sneak into the country&#39;s dark corners to kill some of its rarest and most majestic birds of prey. It&#39;s unknown even to most devout Hindus, but the religion&#39;s most important holiday, Diwali, marks a supposedly auspicious time for the sacrifices of threatened and even critically endangered owls.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/asia-pacific/india/121109/india-diwali-hinduism-tantrik-owl-sacrifice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Diwali Asia-Pacific Wildlife News World Religion Culture & Lifestyle India Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Jason Overdorf 5725485 at http://www.globalpost.com