February 26, 2013
The Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India admitted a 28-year-old woman for allegedly drinking blood of stray dogs and chicken which she killed herself.
According to the report filed at the Annur police station the woman the wife of a daily wage laborer from Rajasthan was mentally afflicted recently. The couple resides at Maniakarampalayam in Coimbatore and have two children: a four-year-old daughter and a four-month-old infant.
Friday last week, she tried to drown her four-month-old infant by immersing the child in a water tub at home, but fortunately neighbors saved the child and phoned her husband. A few minutes after the husband arrived, the woman tried to strangle her four-year-old daughter ranting incessantly, “I want blood! I want blood!”
The following day, she killed a stray dog that loitered near her house and drank its blood. Even then her thirst for blood was not assuaged. She sucked the blood from the carcasses of two chickens which she killed by biting off their heads one by one. On witnessing this horrendous act, her husband took her to the Annur Government Hospital. There too she kept on ranting: “I want blood! I want blood!”
The doctors at the Annur Government Hospital referred the woman to the CMCH for psychiatric treatment.
Dr. P. Sivaprakasam, resident medical officer at CMCH said they are treating her for ‘dissociation’, a mental ailment that occurs due to severe trauma over a period of time. In this woman’s case, her alcoholic husband ill-treated her. “This woman was venting her suppressed emotions,” the doctor added.
After reading the above news in the papers a neighbor asked me, “can humans drink fresh animal blood?”
I do not have an answer for this query. However, I found that the Maasai (sometimes spelled “Masai” or “Masaai”), a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people in Kenya and northern Tanzania, and the Surma tribe residing in South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia believe drinking fresh blood drawn from living cows makes the body stronger and warmer and good for children and the elderly to build up their strength. These tribes follow the traditional ceremonies of gathering blood from cows zealously.
The men puncture the jugular vein of the cow by shooting an arrow at close range. They collect the blood in gourd vessels and drink it neat or after diluting it with milk. They do not allow the animals to bleed but carefully tend them until the wound heals fully.
Outsiders are normally not allowed to witness these rites.
WARNING: If you have a weak heart please do not see this video as well as the videos cited under ‘RELATED VIDEOS.’
- Hematophagy (en.wikipedia.org)
- Maasai people (en.wikipedia.org)
- Surma people (en.wikipedia.org)
- Vampires and super-beasties of India…for the blood is the life…(remainsofthedesi.wordpress.com)
RELATED VIDEOS (WARNING: DO NOT SEE THESE VIDEOS IF HAVE A WEAK HEART
- Lunatic Drinks Animal Blood Straight From Corpse (ebaumsworld.com)
- The explorers join in a Maasai ritual of drinking cow blood. (youtube.com)