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mvigi
mvigi
09:32 PM on 02/18/2013
Another "civilization"? with pea-sized brains and a hatred toward women.
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eggcupsgalore11
I Speak For Cats Who Can't Speak For Themselves
09:16 PM on 02/18/2013
Do they burn the male equivalent to witches? Or are the only ones female?
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rudewaitress
I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.
09:12 PM on 02/18/2013
Dear Four Seasons, Papua.......
Please cancel our reservations.
Samantha Stevens and Endora
09:10 PM on 02/18/2013
Nobody hanged since 1975. They need to get syarted.
09:06 PM on 02/18/2013
Although I'm not a supporter of capital punishment I find myself, in this case, wishing the punishment would fit the crime. Thinking of that poor girl terrified, stripped, tortured and burned alive in front of her community. It is just so tragic and makes me angry.
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Beowoof
Every lemming deserves a second chance
09:54 PM on 02/18/2013
Yep! Mankind behaving like the vicious animals that we're capable of being. Hundreds stood there watching? They're no better.
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alanleiben
fact before fiction
11:30 PM on 02/18/2013
Not so different from mob mentality in the US or the hangings of black people in the South.
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mbowland1
09:04 PM on 02/18/2013
Could just as easily have happened in the small East Texas town where I like. :(. Sad
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miltjones65
liberals should rule
09:41 PM on 02/18/2013
And folks, he's not kidding!
09:59 PM on 02/18/2013
Yeah, we have a couple of polygamist villages up at the Northern border of Arizona where this could happen today.. fanatic stupidity is never far away..
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08:58 PM on 02/18/2013
Papa is only a couple of hundreds years behind America. In 2213 Papa will be excatly like today's America, more death by gun than burning witches.
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mary collins finn
Cogito
09:32 PM on 02/18/2013
Right now they have a major problem with gun deaths and injuries. The article describes a very rare event: witch burning. The country has little security so people arm themselves illegally. here is an overview of their critical problem with guns:
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/fileadmin/docs/C-Special-reports/SAS-SR05-Papua-New-Guinea.pdf
10:23 PM on 02/18/2013
Once more I must remind someone that America never burned witches to death, they hung them. It was Europe that burned witches at the stake. Just saying, for the sake of historical accuracy.
08:55 PM on 02/18/2013
A horrible story.
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Roy Rudy
new Coelacanthforms exist
08:55 PM on 02/18/2013
A cause of death for Leniata's son would aid in the education that Witchcraft may be a name or label for something else and the reasoning based on more than traditional acceptance over legal processes available. Witchcraft? Black Magic? An official cause of death? The Witches of Salem, executed for going insane, displaying odd symptoms of ill health, uncontrlable fever leading to comatose unresponsive life, and followed by death in 3 from the onset of apparent insanity. The cases were solved as injestion of hallucinogens that fermented in rising Rye Bread dough. The natural hallucinogen of Rye Fungi that is present in abnormally high precipitation from early spring and through the summer's growing season and grows in microbiological size and contaminates the entire crop. The Micro size fungi is dormant in dry grain and becomes active when moistened, like in bread dough. Invisible to the naked eye, and virtually undetectable without a microscope, the grain and dough appeared normal, and only modern seed is treated to prevent fungi spores survival. Although Lianata's son may not have died from ingestion of hallucinations, the effects of an illness or injury that is out of control, and becomes fatal may absolutely nothing to do with witchcraft.
09:47 PM on 02/18/2013
I'm dout'in it.
I think they all need to be converted to a Western religion - one that centers on Human Sacrifice (Easter), Virgin Childbirth, and life after death - cause this stupid religion they have in Papua New Guinea is ridiculous.
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bostonbred111
kind, truthful, honest, reliable, trustworthy,
10:31 PM on 02/18/2013
Here I am reading from my World Almanac 2011 ---- Papua New Guinea, among other things: Chief religions...Roman Catholic 27%, Evangelical Lutheran 20%, United Church of Chhrist 12%, Seventh Day Adventist 10% Pentecostal 9%.
Maybe the remainder are voodoo, like in parts of Louisiana.
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Roy Rudy
new Coelacanthforms exist
10:45 PM on 02/18/2013
English colonialism included spreading conversions to the Church of England. Well over a century since the English planted a flag and began a colony, natives were still eating missionaries. Canabalism did not officially end until mid 20th century. The effects of a slow to change society has bred it's way into colonial ineptitude to change. Well at least some of the population still believes in introverted progressive tradition.
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richie37
08:46 PM on 02/18/2013
I say these two if they are indeed guilty should receive the same fate they give this young lady
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whitesands
dupe of delusion
08:41 PM on 02/18/2013
Religion is such a blessing to mankind. Pasters, Priests, Imams, Witch Doctors they are all the same, and they sell the same hog wash only in different bags.
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rhondajohn
yes, my micro-bio is too large for one line ...
08:49 PM on 02/18/2013
All this really proves is that the third world is 200 years behind ours.
Pagan and non-believers routinely burned witches when life just didn't go their way, all without the help or prompting of religion. I have to say if the words "do unto others as you would have others do to you," were in place, I wonder if there would have been fuel for the fire.
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mary collins finn
Cogito
09:24 PM on 02/18/2013
gee, that little mantra hasn't worked so well among those who claim to be religious has it?
09:29 PM on 02/18/2013
It was the Christians that burned the "witches" in Salem.
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I Ride My Own Harley
Asexual-(Ace)-AVEN
09:02 PM on 02/18/2013
Glad you're not bothered by any of them.
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whitesands
dupe of delusion
11:35 PM on 02/18/2013
Not in the least, because they are all manmade lies.
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jake eufarly
Tax the crap out of them
08:40 PM on 02/18/2013
Janet Ware and Andrew Watea also serve on the Texas State Board of Education.
I mean bored of education...
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fd909
Laugh a little!
08:39 PM on 02/18/2013
Sure makes some of our troubles here in the US seem petty, doesn't it?
09:51 PM on 02/18/2013
We've had years of this sort of thing; usually it was black teenager falsely accused by an old white guy leading the mob.
08:31 PM on 02/18/2013
you couldn't tell she wasn't a witch when she wasn't able to get out of it with her witchcraft.. This world is getting dumber by the minute...