The executor nibbles raw carcasses from piglets after having been slaughtered on the stage during the traditional Indian game

The gruesome moment the performer gnaws at a raw carcass of a piglet after being slaughtered on stage during the traditional theater production in India

  • The actor in traditional Indian folk game killed pig on stage and ate part of his hind leg
  • The naked upper body man dressed in colorful mask dragged the pig around the stage
  • Then he tensed the pig in front of the crowd and took repeated bites from the animal
  • Achievements were part of the traditional jatra folk game, popular in many Indian states

Chris Dyer

Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

An actor killed a pig live on stage and ate part of his thigh during a folk work in India.

The man, who played the role of a "demon", picked up the young white pig, killed him and took a bite on his hind legs.

At the beginning of the scene in the Ganjam district in Odisha, the actor dragged the still living animal around the stage with rope tied to his hind legs.

He then stood on the back of the pig and cut open the animal to reveal a stream of blood that came out of his body.

He wore a traditional jatra costume, complete with a colorful mask, shin and arm pads and teeth painted on his bare belly. The actor then picked up the pig to take out bites.

After gnawing on the raw carcass, the bare torso turned to the crowd and marched around the stage while traditional music played in the background.

He then returned to take another two bites, sinking his teeth into the animal as it dangled on a rope.

The scene was played for a large crowd as many recorded images on their phones.

The bizarre version was filmed during a jatra version, which is traditional popular theater popular in many states of India.

Folk artists performing on stage find ways to brighten up their shows, but in the recent version they rarely go as far as the actor.

Animal rights activists in Odisha, however, have slammed the ritual and are trying to track down the perpetrator.

The actor in traditional costume lowered his teeth into the raw pig he had killed on stage just before a crowd during the jatra folk game in Odisha, India

The actor in traditional costume lowered his teeth into the raw pig he had killed on stage just before a crowd during the jatra folk game in Odisha, India

Subhendu Mallik, general secretary of Snake Helpline, Bhubaneswar, said: "Civil servants must arrest this man and the organizers of the show for violating animal welfare laws. They must also ensure that such shows are strongly discouraged.

Jatras – which originated in West Bengal – are mostly epic four-hour pieces, preceded by a musical concert that often lasts an hour and is used to attract audiences.

The pieces are usually kept outside on large stages, surrounded on all sides by spectators, with a gangway leading off-stage.

Jatra's usually contain powerful performances, loud music, bright lighting, extravagant props and elaborate costumes.

While Jatra is a declining art form, in 2005 it was estimated at an industry of $ 21 million per year with 55 troops located only in the old district of Jatra of Calcutta.