An investigation by Background Briefing has uncovered dramatic scenes in the Kimberley region, where Aboriginal followers of a Tongan-born preacher have set fire to artefacts considered sacred by many local elders, and dismantled and burned a spiritual law ground.According to the report, the vandalism of sacred objects is being conducted by the followers of Pastor Ana Makahununiu, a young Pentecostal preacher who claims that “traditional Aboriginal culture is a type of devil worship.”
Ana Makahununiu arrived in Wangkatjungkam, 100km south-east of Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia’s Kimberley, in 2015.ABC News Australia explains:
The community is a settlement of 180 predominately Wangkatjungka-speaking people with strong links to their desert culture.
But after the arrival of the young preacher, dozens were ‘born again’ and baptised as Christians.
A year after Ms Makahununiu arrived, her followers built a bonfire to destroy ‘satanic’ objects they thought were cursing their community, and filmed the process…
A grainy video of the bonfire shows people cheering as objects are thrown into the flames and black smoke billows into the air.
“For many years we have been deceived by Satan and his demonic beings,” an unidentified man narrates as the fire burns.
“Now we throw away all the things that have been keeping us in bondage and slavery.”
We had a similar episode in Canada, a few years ago, where a minister ordered the destruction of a sweat lodge on a reserve. http://religionnerd.com/2011/02/07/c...n-sweat-lodge/
Prosecutors in Panama say they have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a sect had tortured indigenous people in exorcism rituals.The Guardian reports:
Prosecutors said Thursday the dead minors ranged in age from one to 17, and that the adult was a pregnant woman who was the mother of five of the kids.
Prosecutors in Panama have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a religious sect was found torturing indigenous people in exorcism rituals.According to reports, 10 “lay preachers” from “The New Light of God” church were arrested and are accused of staging violent and sometimes deadly exorcism rituals where indigenous peoples were asked to “repent or die.”
Prosecutors said the victims ranged in age from one to 17, and that the adult was a pregnant woman who was the mother of five of the children.
The pit was found at a remote camp near the Caribbean coast where on Wednesday police arrested 10 members of an evangelical sect known as “The New Light of God”.
They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, being mistreated. All of these rites were aimed at killing them, if they did not repent their sins.
Acting on a tip of unusual activity at a strip mall in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, police began monitoring a business that only had a neon “open” sign in the window and an unusual amount of activity noted by neighboring businesses.
The investigation started in September when investigators identified classified ads with women offering massages. A phone number connected to the ads was linked to All Nations Evangelistic Team.