Ram-Dao - The Sacrificial Sword
The Ram-Dao is a sacrificial sword from Nepal and India. It is a religious and traditional tool and is not normally used to fight.
The Ram-Dao originated in Nepal and India as a ritual sacrifice sword that was used in religious ceremonies. The Ram-Dao used to behead sacrificial animals and some say even human sacrifices. The sacrifice would be done in one fell swoop. The Ram-Dao is forged in many different blade shapes and patterns. Serves a similar purpose as the Nayar sword which is very similar to the Ram-Dao.
The Ram-Dao has a heavy, single edged blade cut, which blade reaches overall around 21 inches, it is without hollow grinding and without parry. A characteristic feature is the blade, which runs to about three quarters of its length straight and then bends in a more or less pronounced S-shaped curve upwards.
The blade is designed so that most of the weight is distributed in the front region, to increase the impact force while performing the sacrifice. The booklet (handle) can me made of different materials like wood, horn, leather, or ivory. Often there are decorations such as brass, carvings and paintings.
This kind of blade can be seen being held by figures of deities and in paintings showing Kali and Durga.
Photo source: Joel Cooner