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1 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 4:50:51pm

What the fuck?! This is something out of the Middle Ages!

2 Sionainn  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 4:56:24pm

What struck me is that they are burning people who they think are witches, but they don’t have a problem with raping them first.

3 Interesting Times  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 5:11:07pm

As if the event isn’t sickening enough, you have this ghastly, ironic detail:

Spectators took photographs of the pyre on their mobile phones.

Using modern technology to take pictures of the most primitive, stupid, evil, ignorant, and uncivilized behavior imaginable, whose pretext is, as DF said, straight out of the Middle Ages.

4 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 5:20:07pm

re: #3 Interesting Times

As if the event isn’t sickening enough, you have this ghastly, ironic detail:

Using modern technology to take pictures of the most primitive, stupid, evil, ignorant, and uncivilized behavior imaginable, whose pretext is, as DF said, straight out of the Middle Ages.

I’ve heard it called “Modern Primativism”, a term I find fairly accurate.

5 Dark_Falcon  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 5:29:30pm

And in another very real way, these cries of “Witchcraft!” are just like those utter in Salem so very long ago:

Payback against those accused of practicing sorcery is a deep-set custom in some parts of the ethnically diverse nation. Ritual attacks on accused sorcerers—historically brutal in some parts of the country, notoriously so in the highlands—appear to have broken out of traditional boundaries. “This public stuff, with the kids watching, it becomes a spectacle. It’s often associated with marijuana or alcohol,” said Gibbs.

It’s also strongly linked with opportunism and theft. Sorcery accusations are commonly used to deprive women of their land, Rashida Manjoo, the U.N. special rapporteur on violence against women, reported last year.

Which ties in with the rape angle as well, the common theme being misogyny.

6 Achilles Tang  Mon, Feb 18, 2013 6:54:25pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

What the fuck?! This is something out of the Middle Ages!

There are middle ages, and earlier, everywhere.


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