April 3, 2017

"Followers of a self-described mystic, the pilgrims were accustomed to rituals in which they received spiritual guidance and sometimes removed their clothes to be cleansed of their sins."

"Instead, the Pakistani police said on Sunday, they were given an intoxicating drink and then beaten with batons and hacked with knives, leaving 20 of them dead and four others injured...."
“The practices at shrines include money donations, jewelry and gifts in return of a pat of blessing from the custodians,” [said an aide to the aide to chief minister of Punjab Province]. “Some guardians are appointed after an inner power struggle no less than those on the lines of Cosa Nostra... There have been cases in which unknowns are granted the status of sainthood and their burial places declared shrines, merely for the purpose of donation collection... Large sums of money are then collected and used on food, clothing, processions and, when an illicit custodian is involved, on drugs, women and alcohol.”

9 comments:

Roughcoat said...

Is this an article about the Democrat Party?

traditionalguy said...

Now that sounds like a fun religious cult to import into the USA. Are they into child rape too?

Rob said...

Can't wait for the commentary associating this with Trump.

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YoungHegelian said...

Just keep in mind when you read this that these strange little "Sufi" sects have as much to do with mainline Sunni or even Shi'a Islam as snake handlers in a wood frame church in a holler in West Virginia have to do with Greek Orthodoxy.

Michael K said...

Pakistan is the world's biggest lunatic asylum.

YoungHegelian said...

@MK,

Pakistan is the world's biggest lunatic asylum.

And it was so from the moment it came into the minds of Jinnah & his ilk to found a Muslim state in opposition to the Hindu state next door. Even the name "Pakistan" is weirdo BS. The "Paki" part means "pure ", so Pakistan is the pure state. It's even an acrostic, too.

Jinnah wanted a Muslim state, but he wanted a "secular" Muslim state. How he & his followers thought they were going to square that circle remains unknown to the rest of us.

Oso Negro said...

No matter what the cult, it always comes down to drugs, women, and alcohol.

Daniel Jackson said...

Oso Negro said: "No matter what the cult, it always comes down to drugs, women, and alcohol."

and Death