“Ethnic Minority Turn to Jesus as More ‘Affordable’ Option”
from the “Phnom Penh Post”
At upwards of US$500, the cost of slaughtering a buffalo to revive a relative condemned to ill-health by the spirits has pushed the Jarai indigenous minority residents of Somkul village in Ratanakkiri to a more affordable religious option: Christianity.
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…
…Klan Ly, 56, said she had completely abandoned her fears of black magic after making the conversion.
“When my family believed in Christianity, my old Buddha could not use the black magic on us anymore, because Jesus protected us,” she said…