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January 9, 2010

“Nature Religion” of the Forest Survives Despite Christianist Imperialism

If you’ve seen Avatar–a metaphor about the ravages of Western civilization on the oppressed brown people of the world–you get a pretty good picture of the harmony that existed in the world before you blue-eyed devils arrived on the scene with your white man’s religion of patriarchy, guilt trips, and sexual repression.  Allow that wave of guilt to wash over your white, western selves for a minute as you ponder the cultural imperialism of your ancestors.   The good news is some of that Na’avi-like harmony still manages to thrive in isolated pockets here and there, though forced to adapt to modern times.


One man said he had clients who had captured children and taken their blood and body parts to his shrine, while another confessed to killing at least 70 people including his own son.  The latter has now given up the ritual and is campaigning to stamp it out, according to BBC News.

The African country’s government claimed human sacrifice was on the increase.

According to officials trying to tackle it, the crime is directly linked to rising levels of development and prosperity – and an increasing belief that witchcraft can help people get rich quickly.

“They go and capture other people’s children. They bring the heart and the blood directly here to take to the spirits,” he said.

“They bring them in small tins and they place these objects under the tree from which the voices of the spirits are coming.”

Moses Binoga, the assistant police commissioner who is head of the Ugandan anti-human sacrifice and trafficking task force, said there were 26 murders thought to be part of ritual sacrifice last year compared with three cases in 2007.

“We also have about 120 children and adults reported missing whose fate we have not traced,” he added. “From the experience of those whom we recovered, we cannot rule out that they may be victims of human sacrifice.”

Is it possible perhaps that a little bit of cultural imperialism is just what the witch doctor ordered?

Regardless, I too feel your pain.  Sometimes I also struggle under the burden of guilt for the sins of my ancestors, the Spanish conquistadors, may their name be blotted out forever.  No more human sacrifice for you, my mestizo brothers and sisters south of the border.  And for that I deeply apologize.

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