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Animal cruelty for protection?

I have written before about my mom’s garden boy who was stabbed last year.  The poor guy was innocently walking in the street when he was stabbed in the back, twice.  He bled a lot, stayed over in hospital for quite some time.  They drained fluid from his lungs etc etc

Yesterday he went to my mom and asked her for R900.  Apparently his elders told him to buy a sheep.  A sheep!, my mom asked?  Why on earth?

Apparently he needs to buy a sheep from the place where he was born.  This sheep needs to be brought to his home here and slaughtered by him.  He will then be covered with the blood of the intestines by the elders and will have to walk like that all weekend.

The reason for this is that according to them, the blood didn’t all come out with the stabbing (based on the fact that they had to drain fluids from his lungs) and if he doesn’t cover himself in this blood, he won’t be protected from being a stabbed again.

O K A Y.

Firstly, I don’t understand the reasoning behind why he needs to do this.  I mean honestly, this guy nearly bled himself to death.  How do they feel he didn’t bleed enough?

Secondly, does he really believe that covering himself in the blood of a sheep will protect him from being stabbed (when even the police can’t do so?)

My mom of course said no.  She is not going to give him money to support his animal cruelty project.


8 responses

  1. Lots of blood, violence can be terrible!
    Hey- a note for your international readers may be necessary- the term garden BOY, is a bit dodgy- I know it is a familiar SA’ism, but it is not exactly PC. Just and observation, rather than a crticism 🙂
    You have to love our country with all the cultural quirks going on.

    April 3, 2009 at 6:53 am

  2. Mmm….well there you go then. Gardenboy – gardener.

    April 3, 2009 at 7:16 am

  3. Sarah

    there is no even trying to understand the beliefs of other cultures… just have to accept. if he doesn’t get the money from your mom he will get it somewhere else, and unfortunately will still slaughter the sheep. But I agree with your mom for not giving the money.

    Can’t even try to convince him otherwise.. the belief is so deep routed and they have such faith in the elders that he’s lost.

    all I can say is poor sheep. and poor every other animal that has to end up as a sacrificial offering.

    April 3, 2009 at 9:27 am

  4. Moaning Myrtle

    Wow, that’s amazing – its amazing how different ours worlds are to some.

    April 3, 2009 at 9:59 am

  5. Mom Archer

    Hey in “Desperate Housewife” the one housewife had an affair with what she also called her Gardenboy 🙂 and that is an American program 🙂 I think the name boy is not meant as booi it is meant as Male.

    I tried my best to reason with him asking him how can he stand there with a Cell phone in his hand and earphones in his ears listening to music from his cell and then still believe in putting the intestines and blood of an animal all over your body.

    What scares the living daylights out of me is those with that kind of beliefs and thinking are ruling our country. We are worlds apart with our way of thinking and reasoning.

    April 3, 2009 at 7:34 pm

  6. Wenchy

    Is cultural, not cruelty to him, but survival because he believes it.

    He is a boy. LOL

    April 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm

  7. Anito

    Yeah, that’s weird.

    April 8, 2009 at 5:35 am

  8. I truly do not understand the mixture of cultural religion and superstition…

    April 12, 2009 at 10:56 pm

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