Jesus Saves: Cambodians choose Christianity over animism, Buddhism to avoid costly animal sacrifices.
Phnom Penh Post -- "At upwards of $500, the cost of slaughtering a buffalo to revive a
relative condemned to ill-health by the spirits has pushed the Jarai
indigenous minority residents of Somkul village in Ratanakkiri, Cambodia to a more
affordable religious option: Christianity.
In the village in
O’Yadav district’s Som Thom commune, about 80% of the community
have given up on spirits and ghosts in favor of Sunday sermons and
Sev Chel, 38, said she made the switch because
when she used to get sick, it could cost her hundreds of dollars to
appease the gods with a sacrificial package that might include a cow or
buffalo, a chicken, bananas, incense and rice wine.
Klan Ly, 56, said she had completely abandoned her fears of black magic after making the conversion.
“When my family believed in Christianity, my old Buddha could not use the black magic on us anymore, because Jesus protected us,” she said.
With the money she has saved using Western medicine instead of performing sacrifices, Klan Ly said she had been able to construct a house."
HT: Steve Spero