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Beware the possessed elephant

#1  Postby DoctorE » Jul 20, 2010 2:06 pm

MONROVIA, Liberia — The unlikeliest of activists — a rampaging elephant that locals claimed was supernaturally possessed — has aired rural Liberians' frustrations with the country's profitable timber industry.

The elephant killed a logging worker in June when it charged onto the local company's property, and had also been known to menace other employees and local farmers in previous weeks.

This unlikely confluence of superstition, corporate activity and a big, mad, male elephant ended last week in a macabre draw, when logging officials killed the elephant after it killed the logging company employee.

But the dead elephant — which officials said Thursday was killed by sandwiching it between two industrial logging machines — trumpeted a growing unease between nature and industry in rural Liberia, a tiny West African country still struggling to recover from a 14-year civil war.

Locals said the elephant was possessed by human spirits and had channeled their frustrations into its rampages.

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Re: Beware the possessed elephant

#2  Postby Poppy » Jul 20, 2010 2:23 pm

Is all religion this stupid? I guess I never saw it before. :nono:

My tolerance for hearing this kind of thing is getting really low.
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Re: Beware the possessed elephant

#3  Postby Paul G » Jul 20, 2010 2:27 pm

Poppy wrote:Is all religion this stupid? I guess I never saw it before. :nono:

Not when you dress it up in obscure language.
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