Chapter

Herding Goats

Schaeffer Kurtis R.

in Himalayan Hermitess

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195152999
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195152999.003.0009
Herding Goats

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This chapter relates how at age eleven Orgyan Chokyi became a goatherd and she felt more times of misery. The chapter tells the story that one day Chokyi went to Ratso Ruri and as she was going through the thick woods, a thorn became stuck in her leg and she stopped to remove it. A nanny goat had had a kid, and it was about seven days old. Suddenly an eagle swept out of the sky and carried the kid away. The nanny goat looked into the sky and wept. Chokyi also looked into the sky and wept. The chapter also recounts another occasion when many goats and sheep were killed up on the mountain. Chokyi was distraught. She saw many kid goats being carried off by the lowlanders for sacrifice to the gods, and she wept a great deal.

Keywords: Orgyan Chokyi; goatherd; suffering; Ratso Ruri; goat; eagle; kid; sheep; sacrifice; gods

Chapter.  904 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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