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The Vishnu Smriti condemns bestial acts: Causing (bodily) pain to a Brāhmaṇa; smelling at things which ought not to be smelt (such as excrements), or at spirituous liquor; dishonest dealing; sexual connection with cattle, and (sexual connection) with a man (or non-vaginal intercourse with a woman): such are the crimes resulting in loss of caste. He who ...


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Even in Somayajña like Agniṣṭoma the method used to kill the animal is strangulation. As Julius Eggeling notes in the Introduction to his translation of Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa, kāṇḍas 3 and 4 deal with Somayajña: The contents of the third and fourth books of the Śatapatha-brāhmaṇa form an important chapter of its dogmatic explanation of the sacrificial ...


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Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice? Yes, the horse in the Ashwamedha is suffocated with a cloth. Taittiriya Brahmana 3.9.20: tArpyeNAshvam samjnapayanti | yajno vai tArpyam | yajnenaivainam samardhayanti | yAmena samnA prastotA'nUpatiSThate | yamalokam evainam gamayati They (the Samitars, the slaughterers) kill ...


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There is no animal sacrifice in Vedas. Some indologists have put the law of sacrificing animals in Vedas by wrong translations. In reality, animal sacrifice in yajnas is prohibited. First of all, the synonym of Yajna used in Vedas is ‘Adhvara’ which means ‘non-killing”. Nirukta 1.8 says ‘dhvar’ means kill, and ‘Adhvara’ denotes the negation of killing (...


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