LIVING WITH BIG CATS “BAGH”

In Nepali culture, all big cats have a common Nepali word in rural areas, “Bagh” or “Bagh Bhairav”. Locals have a cultural view of leopard/tiger as “the vehicle of the Goddess Durga”, and this may also have influenced attitudes toward leopards (Thapar 1996). As a social norm in the Nepalese culture, after livestock has been killed for human consumption, blood is first offered to goddesses Durga; particularly goats in Dashain/Naba Durga festival (Bhusal 2014; Pariyar 2015). On the other hand, leopards and other big cats have a common Nepali word in rural areas, “Bagh” (Fig. 1). Locals have a cultural view of leopards as “the vehicle of the Goddess Durga”, and this may also have influenced attitudes toward leopards (Thapar 1996). As a social norm in the Nepalese culture, after livestock has been killed for human consumption, blood is first offered to goddesses Durga; particularly goats in Dashain/Naba Durga festival (Bhusal 2014; Pariyar 2015).

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In Nepali culture, all big cats have a common Nepali word in rural areas, “Bagh”. Locals have a cultural view of leopards as “the vehicle of the Goddess Durga”, and this may also have influenced attitudes toward leopards (Thapar 1996). As a social norm in the Nepalese culture, after livestock has been killed for human consumption, blood is first offered to goddesses Durga; particularly goats in Dashain/Naba Durga festival (Bhusal 2014; Pariyar 2015). On the other hand, leopards and other big cats have a common Nepali word in rural areas, “Bagh” . Locals have a cultural view of leopards as “the vehicle of the Goddess Durga”, and this may also have influenced attitudes toward leopards (Thapar 1996). As a social norm in the Nepalese culture, after livestock has been killed for human consumption, blood is first offered to goddesses Durga; particularly goats in Dashain/Naba Durga festival (Bhusal 2014; Pariyar 2015).

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