Silly, Harmless Beliefs – A Continuing Series

Hey, look, irrational people doing irrational things!

A 14-year-old New Zealand girl nearly lost her eyesight when her eyes were gouged by relatives in a Maori exorcism ceremony in which her cousin died, a report said Monday.

The girl is recovering after emergency operations on her eyes to save her sight after relatives scratched at her eyes to remove the devil, the Dominion Post newspaper said, quoting unnamed sources.

Members of the indigenous Maori family also syringed water into her eyes and poured it down her throat in an attempt to drive out the curse.

The girl’s cousin, 22-year-old Janet Moses, drowned during the October 12 ceremony, which reportedly left the house ankle deep in water.

Of course, these were just those backward Maori people. Not great Western thinkers like these folks.

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