Tumpek Kandang Gives New Meaning to “Animal House”
edited: Thursday, February 15, 2007
By Diana L. Guerrero
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2007
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Indonesian Households turn into real animal houses this Saturday. Author Diana L Guerrero reveals more about Tumpek Kandang.
Most animal blessing events welcome all species, wild or tame. Throughout Europe and the United States these historic traditions are simply called, “Blessing of the Animals.” In Indonesia, Hindus celebrate Tumpek Kandang (also known as Tumpek Andang) in honor of household animals such as cows, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs and birds. During this special Saturday (held this year on February 17, 2007) rituals take place on farms and compounds around the region. Many animals are honored with different ceremonies.
Diana L. Guerrero talks about animal blessing traditions and contemporary creature celebrations in her new book BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: A GUIDE TO PRAYERS & CEREMONIES CELEBRATING PETS AND OTHER CREATURES (ISBN 1402729677).
During her work on BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Guerrero found a variety of interesting trends. Animal blessings and pet oriented services are on the increase. She said, “Tumpek Kandang is held in appreciation for animal assistance on the farm and around the home, cattle may receive distinctive treatment such as ceremonial bathing, specialty meals, unusual snacks, fancy costuming, cosmetic grooming, or adornment with trinkets. Creatures also receive special prayers complete with a sprinkling of holy water or rice.”
Guerrero interviewed many spiritual leaders about their animal blessings and discovered that animals catalyze people to cross religious lines to find common ground. When asked for insider information, Guerrero said, “The fur really flies over pet nuptials and mitzvahs, and believe it or not, during animal blessings most creatures remain calm and cooperative...but some critters need a list of commandments: Thou shall come when called, Thou shall behave in public..."
Just in case your wondering, Guerrero included those commandments in Blessing of the Animals and you can take a sneak preview online at www.blessingoftheanimals.com. Book buyers receive special codes hidden in the book to receive extra bonuses after purchase.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS will be available at booksellers throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in April 2007.
Review copies of BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: A GUIDE TO PRAYERS & CEREMONIES CELEBRATING PETS AND OTHER CREATURES (ISBN 1402729677) are available to journalists. Contact Sterling Publishing Publicity at (212) 532-7160 or Krista Margies (646) 688-2510 (kmargies.sterlingpub.com).
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