Senegal Seeks The Most Beautiful Sheep

The winner will take home $4,000, and a kiss…

DAKAR, Senegal. October. Krista Larson - In a nation where sheep are named like people and live indoors as pets, the most popular TV show is “Bii Jar” (WOlof dialect) or literally, “This sheep”.

American Idol style, this program seeks the perfect sheep specimen of Senegal. Now in its fourth season, airing several times a week in the months before the Eid al-Adha, the sacrificial ceremony, or Tabaski, as it is known here.

The Feast of Sacrifice is when Muslims sacrifice animals in the world in remembrance of the child offered up by Abraham.

In Senegal, the bonds of the sheep with important religious holidays have become part of many urban families…

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