En skør religiøs verden III

Vi lever i en verden, hvor rigtige mange mennesker tror mere eller mindre blindt på forskellige ting, som jeg personligt ville anse som absurditeter.

Jeg vil i denne lille løbende sektion komme på nogle eksempler på hvordan religion påvirker verden og dens borgere. Selvsagt kan det være sig både positivt og negativt, men jeg vil forbeholde mig retten til at være lidt selektiv og vise eksempler på episoder eller udviklinger jeg finder ganske uhørt eller bare groteske, måske ligefrem humoristiske.

Alternativ og ‘effektiv’ bekæmpelse af H5N1

I Benin har en lokal traditionalistisk voodoo-præst fundet ud af hvordan man bekæmper den farlige globale virus H5N1

Sacrificing chickens in a spray of blood, Benin’s traditional priests celebrated Voodoo Day on Thursday and declared their ancient religion would protect them from risk of infection by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus.

The small West African state, home of the Voodoo rituals carried by slaves to the Americas, last month announced at least two cases of bird flu in poultry which tests in Europe confirmed were of the deadly H5N1 strain that can be fatal to humans.

Selvom at det for nogen mennesker måske kunne virke med den modsatte effekt er præsten(erne) overbevist at religionen nok skal beskytte

“It’s not a question of religion … the unprotected manipulation of poultry is dangerous,” Julien Toessi, director of health promotion at the Health Ministry, told Reuters.

Voodoo practitioners, spurning the protective suits, gloves and masks recommended for handling suspect birds, declared their faith would shield them from infection during ceremonies in which sacrificed chickens’ blood is sprayed over the faithful and the ground to “purify” them and gain favor from the gods.

“If you buy a chicken to sacrifice it to your God, he will not let you buy an infected bird,” said Dah Aligbonon, a Voodoo priest from Abomey, the former capital of the ancient African kingdom of Dahomey.

“We don’t fear infection from bird flu … because there is a divine power that accompanies our sacrifice,” Aligbonon added.”

Lige meget hvad man synes om denne indstilling, må man da håbe at tilfældighederne tilsmiler disse mennesker og at de ikke bliver smittet under en såkaldt ‘forebyggende’ sceance.

Sikring af en god turnering

Det er snart tid til den traditionsrige fodboldturnering Copa America og det har fået heksedoktorer på banen

Eight witch doctors from across the continent called on the spirits to bring luck to the dozen teams in the Copa America yesterday, a day before the South American tournament opener.

Dressed in a multi-coloured poncho, rainbow-striped pants and a felt fedora, lead shaman Juan Osco blew mouthfuls of scented cane liquor and threw petals on a soccer ball bearing the teams’ crests.

Dette skulle således gerne sikre at tilskuere verden over vil få en god turnering at se med en masse god fodbold. Som entusiast kan jeg kun glæde mig over doktorernes gode bidrag

“With flowers, good perfumes and good wishes we are asking the protective gods that no misfortune befall any player and that above all there are good matches,” intoned Osco, Peru’s self-proclaimed “Shaman of the Andes.”

Blodstranfusion er yderst farligt for religionen

En mand i Vestbengalen, en delstat i Indien, har måtte stå til ansvar for sin beslutning

A man in West Bengal who refused to provide a blood transfusion to his critically ill daughter because his religion forbade it has been arrested.

Sanjay Lakra is a follower of the group Jehovah’s Witnesses, who believe that blood transfusions are a sin. So when doctors told him that his two-year-old daughter would die unless she was given a blood transfusion, he refused to allow it.

Jehovas Vidner har som eksemplificeret her tilhængere over det meste af Jorden og man kan således diskutere om det er en velsignelse eller ej, men i tilfældet var det det formentligt ikke for den stakkels lille pige

On Tuesday, the child was admitted in the North Bengal Medical College Hospital where doctors said she was suffering from acute renal failure, anaemia as well as bacillary dysentery and needed a transfusion urgently.

But Lakra withdrew the girl from hospital and took her to Bagdogra Rural Hospital to find out if alternative treatment was possible. Ranjit Bhagat of the hospital told HT: “I explained to him that only an immediate blood transfusion would save his child, but he took her away.”

Hvad der helt præcist skete med den lille pige fremgår dog ikke, men man kan næsten kun frygte det værste

Det var så hvad jeg valgte at vise af herligheder fra den religiøse verden for denne gang

Kilde: http://www.wwrn.org/index.php

~ af sorensvendsen på april 6, 2008.

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