Hold up a minute...
You're not supposed to step on the toes of indigenous and religious
folk. But here I go... *crunch crunch crunch*
Seriously, what the hell is going on here? A woman drowned to
death - as part of some bizarre exorcism ceremony - in the presence of
forty people to remove a curse that was laid on her for stealing a
statue of a lion. Her fourteen year-old niece was lucky to
The New Zealand media - in their infinite wisdom - thought it wise to
interview two idiots who they thought might offer expert opinions.
The first - Dr. Hone Kaa, Archdeacon of the Anglican Church and liberal
Christian - thought it wise to question the amount of water involved.
What?! You're suggesting somehow that they "did it wrong"?
The second idiot in this farce is Pita Sharples. He too
questioned the methods:
"With the right karakia (prayer), the right chanting . . . (the curse)
can be lifted by their own family."
A lady is dead here and all the "experts" can offer is the
questioning of the methods.
Janet's alleged crime was the stealing of lion statue sacred
(whatever that means...) to the Maori people. Come on. How
could a statue of a lion be sacred? Last time I checked,
the Maori migrated from Eastern Polynesia - no lions there - to New
Zealand: an island nation bereft of mammals.
Janet was supposedly cursed by someone for the theft and an evil
spirit entered her body and caused her to fall ill. Hence the