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I think the horse in the Ashwamedha was killed with knives. The Somavajapeya involves suffocating the sacrificial animal if I am not mistaken.

  • Do you mean what tools were used to kill the animals? – Just_Do_It May 11 '18 at 20:26
  • At first please provide some references/basis to your claims/thinking – zaxebo1 May 11 '18 at 21:14
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The Kings does Ashwamedha Yagya and after that they release that Horse, and till where the Horse goes that land is claimed by the King if anyone opposed he has to fight with the Army of the King who did Ashwamedha Yagya.

the translation of the word 'medha' is often not interpreted as sacrifice. There are words like 'purushamedha' and 'sarvamedha'. Sarvamedha definitely doesn't mean sacrificing everyone.

Please see the second answer of this question, which is very correct and it related directly to Dharm.

What is the significance of Ashwamedha Yagna?

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Please see more details on why Ashwamedha does not mean killing

You can take a look at this link on Google Books.

https://books.google.co.in/books?id=iYMwDwAAQBAJ&pg=PT41&lpg=PT41&dq=medha+does+not+mean+killing&source=bl&ots=vTqm_imTMe&sig=Il9hP0X47tph7DWOA2VkQRb4rIg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXgu296_7aAhXBebwKHddvBScQ6AEIYDAJ#v=onepage&q=medha%20does%20not%20mean%20killing&f=false

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    Its not true.... hinduism.stackexchange.com/q/8882/7853 goat and other animals are used in yajnas... – Rakesh Joshi May 12 '18 at 1:12
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    @RakeshJoshi This text you are linking is by Max Muller, who has does more harm than another person to break the Strong roots of Dharm in our country. The Aryan Invasion theory was highly debunked again and again. – user3743777 May 13 '18 at 23:54
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    @RakeshJoshi Also Max Muller converted a commentaries on Vedas by Sayana Acharya, so he selected the highly controversial commentary available at that time. If you have really any will to know about our culture, I will request you to read " Satyarth Prakash " – user3743777 May 14 '18 at 0:04
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    i am not the one who wrote those texts but i am familiar with arya samaj texts. But even many vedangas like shrauta and grhya sutras talk of animal related stuff. Ramayana also has such mention. You can discuss more in chat room on this subject. – Rakesh Joshi May 14 '18 at 0:14
  • Please don't say you are aware about arya samaj text, If you were you would never fall in Max Muller Trap and I hope you do not believe in Aryan Invasion theory as well. Yes scriptures would talk about animal related stuff. Yes Ramayana also has such mention but it was in order to complete the incidents and relate one incident to the another, I am a new user and thus does not have privilege for chat room and in order to get that privilege I to have answer as per Max Muller and many other western sources which do not understand the fundamental of Dharma. – user3743777 May 15 '18 at 5:35

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