The Truth About Nepal's Blood-Drinking Festivals

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A Sherpa yak herder with a braid he made. Solo Khumbu, Nepal. (Greg Winston/National Geographic/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"Blood-drinking festival." Reading those words, it's hard not to get either creeped out or curious -- especially around Halloween.

I opted for curiosity. Which is how I discovered photojournalist Jana Asenbrennerova's stunning photo essay on an obscure custom that takes place each year in the remote, mist-wrapped highlands of Nepal. These festivals are actually a reflection of the complex relationship that Nepal's Buddhists have with eating meat.

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