Analysis Of Tagore's Sacrifice

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Religion is one among the important social institutions all over the universe. Human cannot live without religion as it is part and parcel of one’s life. From early era to till date, religious people followed various rituals and certain practices. Though the practices and rituals vary from region to region, yet there are certain common characteristics like offering materials, sacrificing animals etc. However in the name of religion, especially in India, there are certain foolish rituals of superstitious acts like breaking coconuts, pumpkins etc and as well as brutal act of slaying animals like goat, hen, rooster, cow, ox, etc is done. In fact today even many people are killed and murdered. To this context Charles Kimball rightly remarks, “More wars have been waged, more people killed and more evil perpetrated in the name of religion than by any other institutional fore in human history. The sad truth continues in our present day”. (67)
To witness this Tagore’s Sacrifice stands as an evidence to present the foolish rituals that is prevailing in the society. Tagore examines such injudicious act of religious through a small girl. Raghupathi, the priest of the temple convinces Queen Gunavathi to offer an animal sacrifice to Goddess Kali, so that their childless mark would disappear and she could give birth to a child. So with the help of Jaising they snatched a poor girl Aparana’s pet goat. The small girl’s motherly love for the goat softened king’s heart and so when the goat
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