Citilcum Mexico: Kots Kaal Pato, the killing of innoncent animals in the name of celebration

Posted on June 15, 2015 • Filed under: Culture, Mexico, Social Issues reported Every year, without fail, the locals in the Yucatán city of Citilcum,celebrate a tradition known as Kots Kaal Pato. Basically, it’s a day when the whole town puts on their best clothes, gathers around a huge city center scaffolding and then proceed to kill a whole bunch of innocent animals, mostly for the lols.

Kots Kaal Pato isn’t actually that different from the Mexican tradition of piñatas, only instead of filling colorful paper-mache figures with candy, people fill them them with live animals—or vermin, as they’re called—that the town’s children have rustled up. For the most part that means iguanas, but the game’s most sought-after stuffing is an endangered marsupial called an opossum.

Then, just like with a regular piñata, people take turns at beating the holy crap out of the toy with sticks. Unfortunately, the animals that survive the initial shovel whacking don’t tend to last much longer. If they somehow miraculously escape the festive deathtrap, the crowd will catch them and trample them to pieces. Read Article


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