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Peru’s government said Tuesday that 14 shamans in the country’s north-eastern jungle region of Loreto have been murdered in the past 20 months, newspaper La Republica reported.
Deputy Intercultural Minister Vicente Otta Rivera said the murders occurred in the Balsa Puerto district, near Yurimaguas in the Alto Amazonas province.
The provincial prosecutor’s office said that the murders were allegedly ordered by the mayor of Balsa Puerto, Alfredo Torres, and carried out by his brother.
Rogger Rumrill, a leading researcher on Amazonian issues, said the murders are related to “protestant sects” that Torres and his brother belong to, the daily said.
“For these protestant sects, the shamans are people possessed by demons, so they have to be killed,” Rumrill said.
Otta said some of the victims had been hacked to death with machetes, while others were shot. Details of the circumstances were sketchy, but he said the victims were apparently attacked on forest trails or along rivers.
Roger Rumrrill, who has written extensively about the Peruvian Amazon and who also spoke at the press conference, said the killings could be motivated by political conflicts, religious differences or prejudice toward traditional healers, because of a lack of understanding of their role in indigenous communities.
He also speculated that some could be perpetrated by people who blamed traditional healers when a sick child died.
Originally posted by muzzleflash
reply to post by onequestion
Also I can entertain the suggestion that it could be a warring tribe or group of "bad shamans". However this may not work so well due to the fact that some of these were gunshot deaths. I might see a local tribe using machetes but guns? I don't know.
Well, in the case that the global gun market is really this hard core and far reaching, maybe someone is supplying a local tribe with guns to go wipe out other local tribes. This is a common historical tactic.
Land grabbers / developers will come in and supply a few of the tribes with weapons and convince them to wipe out all their neighbors.
But keep in mind with guns, we could be looking at virtually anyone from anywhere behind this.
Originally posted by onequestion
reply to post by SevenThunders
You don't even know what a shaman is. Do some research and really gain some knowledge before making an uneducated subjective sheltered religious claim like that.
Originally posted by SevenThunders
reply to post by TrueBrit
While the behavior of the invading Romans, Saxons Normans etc was reprehensible, there is no point in romanticizing tribal culture. Throughout the Americas prior to the invasion of Spain and England these cultures practiced brutal warfare, slavery and human sacrifice.
Moreover the genocidal replacement of one culture with another is not something unique to western civilization. It's the Marxist revisionists who try to create this self hate with regards to our civilization, when what they wish to replace it with has been responsible for slaughtering more people in the shortest amount of time than any other group. (e.g. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, etc.).
Originally posted by TrueBrit
I am a believer in God,and Jesus. However, I am not afraid to say that in my opinion, the removal of tribal druids from Britain by the invading , heretical catholic (spits violently) Romans, was the worst thing that ever happened to our culture here in the British Isles. One of the things I find so wonderful about the South American continent is its attatchment to its traditional culture,and the enduring nature of those natural, and comparatively innocent tribes and cultures.
I would urge any protestant zealot in the area to lay down his arms, and beg forgiveness from God for attempting to destroy the traditional way of life of a culture which unlike our own faith,has not been responsible for the genocide of millions upon millions of people. Evidently the people reponsible for this, if indeed religiously motivated zealots, must have difficulty spotting the log in thier own eyes , before complaining at the specks in those of thier brother man.