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A unique festival in Karachi is the "Crocodile Festival." This is a festival held by the ethnic group called Sheedis in Pakistan. It is believed that Sheedis came as slaves from Africa. This festival is held at a shrine in Manghopir, a dry and humid part of Karachi, which dates back to the thirteenth century.

The festival works in that the people feed crocodiles and dance and sing. However, it is the dangling part of the festival that makes this stand out. A father will take his baby son and dangle it above the jaws of a crocodile. This is done to find blessings for the child.

During this festival the people will also make pledges to the shrine. These pledges are given to the crocodiles. The pledges consist of fresh goat meat. When the crocodiles accept the meat it will be seen as a sign of luck. They suggests that the crocodiles will not attack because they are disciples of the saint known as Khwaja Hasan.

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lilly
why would he the father be dumb enough to feed that child to tht natsy creacher thats sad tht babay didnt live he/she life because of that bless tht baby
lilly at 08:00PM, Jan 27th 2013.
Karachi Guy
Shrine is near Manghopir ..
Karachi Guy at 06:34AM, Jan 11th 2013.
xaviara
wow, way to hate on other cultures. assuming that as english speakers you come from judeo christian values, will i remind you that certain groups, it is believed that eating an apple damned everyone to hell, and murding god saved them. just saying.
xaviara at 02:13PM, Aug 8th 2012.
Saadan
I live in karachi and never heard about this before , I really don't know where is this shrine where they celebrate it .But really these people are sick
Saadan at 04:47PM, May 24th 2012.
jawaid Ashraf
what ??????? cant believe it

jawaid Ashraf at 07:18AM, Jan 24th 2012.
Fezzii
These people are sickkkkkkk
Fezzii at 03:37PM, Dec 15th 2011.
chaitanya varma
OH MY GOD! THEY SEEM TO BE BRAINLESS
chaitanya varma at 04:23AM, Nov 13th 2011.
neha
bloddy ****
neha at 08:00AM, Oct 30th 2011.
ddjj
nice
ddjj at 01:51PM, Oct 4th 2010.

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