November 04, 2005

Spirits from the spirits.

Stumbling through various news sources, I ran across this article: 320 people arrested for sorcery. I never imagined that Sorcery was such a widespread problem in the Pacific Islands. That is now what caught my attention in this article. It was this little tidbit:

“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.”

Huh? Let me get this straight. The belief is that ancestral sprits poof into existence various items made the west (America, Europe, Mexico and to be honest China), put them on airplanes and deliver them to these people. Well once I put it like that, it sounds like BS that no one in a right frame of mind could believe. Maybe it’s more like the ancestral spirits were responsible for western culture to invent, produce and ship the items to them. That sounds more plausible, yet still hokey.

Now for their belief is that if they spend hours building airstrips, their ancestral spirits would have planes land with all the goodies they want. How are the planes going to know where to land? Why would some manufacturer or distributor ship anything to Bumblehead Island in the South Pacific? Has this ever worked?

Because if this actually works I’m starting an Alcohol cult here in the Americas. We are going to clear out cornfields to make landing strips so that my ancestral spirits will deliver planes full of good Scotch whisky and beer from the UK. (Hey, I like Guinness, Murphy’s, McEwen’s, etc.). This at least makes more sense… well to me. My Ancestral Spirits will be delivering my ancestral spirits (As in booze). I’m of Scottish decent. Looking at my family history, they would all want me to have the best liquor. I mean we are talking about a family that has traditions steeped in drinking, well on one side of the family.

The problem of recruiting members wouldn’t be that difficult, if it works. I think I might be able to find a recruit or two.

Posted by Contagion in Things that make me go, "GUH?!?!" at November 4, 2005 12:48 PM | TrackBack

Have machete, will travel. :)

Posted by: Ogre at November 4, 2005 10:24 AM

now come one, I can out drink Martha Stewart for Gods sake......

no invitation, that is plain ole wrong....

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 4, 2005 11:05 AM

Yep, I'm with AWTM! Where's my invite, I can git down with a cult. I'm beginning to think Ogre is right . . . no one likes me :(

Posted by: oddybobo at November 4, 2005 11:14 AM

AWTM and Oddy, I'm sorry I didn't invite you. You would both be more then welcome. I over looked both of you because I've never drank with either of you nor had I read anything on your posts/comments that really indicated either was a "drinker". My mistake. The same goes for anyone else I may have offended by not inviting.

Posted by: Contagion at November 4, 2005 11:31 AM

.. sign me up..

Posted by: Eric at November 4, 2005 12:25 PM

All I have to say about this is are we using machinery or chemicals to clear out the corn fields?

Posted by: Graumagus at November 5, 2005 01:28 PM

Grau - only fire can properly purify the land!

Posted by: Harvey at November 5, 2005 02:52 PM

I'm in... no doubt, I'm in.

Posted by: That 1 Guy at November 6, 2005 08:22 AM

I'll bow down to that alter (or bar, or whatever). :-)

Posted by: Wes at November 6, 2005 12:27 PM