Usually, the words ‘Donkey” and “Ass” are used in a derogatory way (Dumb ass, Jackass etc meaning stupid people or of very low intelligence), even parading the donkeys during the times of Protests ( I don’t know about other countries but in India, it is a common occurrence). Maybe a kind of public humiliation. I do not know why should Donkey be referred to as a stupid creature when it is said to be an intelligent animal.
I think it is the usual dominant human trait to do injustice to the animals.
The other day I was surprised to come across a hung photo of two donkeys with Flower Garland, at the entrance point in one of the shops. The flower indicates that Donkey is being worshipped, daily. The local language in the photo mentions that” Have a look at the Donkeys…. and good fortune follows” So I realized it is a good Omen to see Donkey’s face in the morning before one ventures into the routine tasks. So, I was glad the Donkeys are given the due respect, they deserve.
As I googled, I learnt a new term ONOLATRY which means Donkey worshipping, popular in ancient times. I learnt that ‘Sheetala Ashtami’ (March-April) is celebrated in Rajasthan (North Indian State) when women folks worship the Donkey, for the well-being of children and people. Goddess Sheetala is said to be the Goddess of Smallpox and Goddess Sheetala’s photo frame along with a broom and A water-filled pot is kept on the Donkey.
Why the Donkey is chosen for this purpose…I am not sure.
Maybe friends from Rajasthan can enrich us with a better understanding.
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