The list doesn't stop there.
Deer musk ripped out of the stomach of slaughtered male muck deer - of which there are only a few hundred left in one protected sanctuary- is put by them as tikkas on the forehead. In fact we found that the Thirupati priests were capturing civet cats from the wild and taking musk from their anal glands - which can only be gotten if the animals are whipped. This was being sold to devotees for Rs 500 per tikka. Unfortunately the priests could not be sent to jail as the Trust makes so much money that it has political protection.
Black buck horns are also used as conches. These are not shed but cut from the head of dead antelope after they have been shot. Cobra bone necklaces are another favourite - with Buddhist monks as well. I bought one from a shop in Kashmir and they claimed they had got it from a monastery. Skulls are another decoration: they range from small domestic cat and monkey to panther/tiger.Then there is ivory of every kind: from the tusk itself to bangles , carved teeth or simply bits and pieces which have been "blessed".
Some of them have the elegant long fingers of the Hanuman langur strung together on a thread like charms on a bracelet. The bones of the rhesus
macaque monkey are sold separately. Some even carry shriveled monkey eyes.
Along with all this paraphernalia are the small musical instruments :
usually tribal drums covered with cow skin but more often monitor lizard skin. And many of them , specially those " priests" that have small mandirs usually made on community or forest land that they have grabbed and deified overnight by building a ramshackle mandir keep Hanuman langurs which are tied to the entrance.
No wonder these Hindu priests just won't give up animal sacrifice. In Kamakhya they slaughter pigeons every day , in Kalahandi it is goats and buffaloes. In Darjeeling it is the Mithun, in so many of these shady wayside "Mandirs" it is chickens. Sacrifice has nothing to do with Hinduism which is the kindest gentlest religion possible with its link to all creatures of the earth. We accept the killing of chickens, goats, pigs and buffaloes. How about this:" Hindu priests butchered dogs in a Kutta cleansing ceremony performed to remove the vibrations created by the Bali bombing. Their heads were kept during the yagna ceremony. Balinese Hindus believe today's ceremony will expel evil from the island." The only lot that need to be expelled are these fraudulent Hindus.
Hindusim stands for the ethical treatment of animals and is compatible with the Vedic teachings which had replaced the earlier pre-Vedic practice involving human sacrifice with non-human (animal and vegetables) offerings in the Vedic era.
Now all animal sacrifices need to be stopped. It is a natural evolution of human consciousness for better treatment of environment and other creatures. The Vedas repeatedly enjoin the Hindu to take care of Creation and act responsibly.
You can help rid the country of these poachers and traders disguised as Religious men. Whenever you come across a religious artifacts shop ask for one of the articles I have written about and then call the police under the Wildlife Protection Act. When you see one of these mendicants ask him to sell you something for luck and if he brings out one of these parts from his filthy bag, have him arrested.
People for Animals does this regularly and thanks to our teams, there are many many god men saying their prayers in jail.