11-06-2005, 06:15 PM #1Pook
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320 people arrested for sorcery
Police in Papua New Guinea have arrested 320 people for practicing sorcery and religious cults, the National newspaper reported Thursday.
Belief in sorcery is widespread in this jungle-clad, mountainous South Pacific island nation where some villages only encountered Western civilization in the 1930s.
Police raided three villages Monday near the city of Lae on the north coast and arrested leaders of a "cargo cult" and their followers, the newspaper said. Those arrested were aged between 20 and 70.
Cargo cults believe that Western goods or cargo, first encountered through missionaries and explorers, are created by ancestral spirits. They have been known to build airstrips in the jungles in the belief that planes would land with cargo.
One group led by two women used menstrual blood as "sacred water" to enable them to see "invisible things," said the newspaper in the capital, Port Moresby.
11-06-2005, 06:30 PM #2
I don't think they are guilty of sorcery; they are guilty of mistaking the wealth of goods brought in missionaries, as being sent by the spirits of the missionaries "the cargo gods." Just think how long the flat earth society existed in the majority. They just haven't evolved to our level yet; the obvious reason is they haven't experienced anything as compared to what we experience on a daily basis. If they had grown up with what we have, they would be just like us. I don't know why they needed to be arrested; seems they just need a few of their own to live in our society for a period of time, and then go back and start educating them in the ways of the world.