Photo: David Boyle/Phnom Penh Post
The Jarai minority of
Vietnam Cambodia is converting to Christianity, but they're
not motivated by eternal salvation? No, they're choosing Jesus because,
well, he's cheaper:
May Titthara and David Boyle of the Phnom Penh Post has the story: Link - via News of the Weird
In the village in O’Yadav district’s Som Thom commune, about 80 per cent of the community have given up on spirits and ghosts in favour of Sunday sermons and modern medicine.
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.
“So if I sold that buffalo and took the money to pay for medicine, it is about 30,000 riel to 40,000 riel [for them to] get better, so we are strong believers in Jesus,” she said. “If I did not believe in Jesus, maybe at this time I would still be poor and not know anything besides my community.