Saturday, 18 July 2009

Sometimes a wand is just a wand

There is a lot of craziness in the world, and in some countries superstitions run wild. Consider this case of Kiwi freemasons being held in Fiji under the charge of sorcery.

That's really out-moded thinking there. That anyone could think that Freemasonry is anything other than just a bunch of people getting together, especially that the Freemasons think this. (Not that I can be a Freemason. Checking their FAQ: "However, to be a Freemason you must have a belief in a "supreme being"." Well, that's me out.)

Also there's the idea of sorcery. This is, unfortunately, not an uncommon belief in Fiji. The freemasons claim: "There is absolutely no sorcery," [Laurence Milton] told Stuff. "It is like saying the opening of parliament is sorcery, it is simply a ceremony."

Really? You say that when we are in a country (and I'm referring to New Zealand here) that practices the rite of Kawanga-Whare, a Maori house cleaning ceremony done at new houses and buildings.

We laugh at the idea of "sorcery". What about the idea of "ritual"?


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