American Indian church sues feds over peyote use
An American Indian church is suing state and federal police and prosecutors over the right of its members to use peyote in religious ceremonies, even if they arenít of Indian ancestry.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Utahís U.S. District Court on behalf of the Oklevueha Native American Church. It contends that federal laws that protect peyote use by American Indians should apply to anyone who belongs to the church.
Before 1949, most Naxi people were followers of the "Dongba" religion, which was a form of Shamanism. Sorcerers, called "Dongba," were invited to chant scriptures at weddings, funerals, the New Year Day and other festivals. Some of the Naxi people were followers of Lamaism. Buddhism, Taoism and Christianity only had limited access to the Lijiang area.
PHUKET: Sea gypsies in Rawai held an exorcism ceremony on Mai Thon Island recently to seek forgiveness from their guardian spirit.
They were hoping to appease spirit Balai Da Toe after two fellow sea gypsies died from food poisoning in June after eating Hawksbill turtle meat.
Many others fell seriously ill, but survived the meal.
The late-August ceremony, involving the release of three sea turtles, took place at a shrine to Balai Da Toe on Koh Mai Thon.
The release ceremony, presided over by sea gypsy shaman Hari Fongsaitan, began at about 10am.
Slumped in a hammock, Duki Maku glares aggressively from behind dark sunglasses as he outlines the Nukak people's claims to a life beyond the tangle of the southern Colombian jungles.
"The Nukak want out," he says angrily, "the Nukak no longer belong in the jungle."
Village elders look on, a collective concern flashing across their faces as they recognise Duki's familiar rant.
If you donít have health insurance, Farm Sirisisangpha can tell you where to apply. If you donít feel well, she can tell you which doctor to go to. And if you donít feel any better after that, she can recommend a spirit doctor that may be able to help.
As the Mien community advocate for International Community Health Services (ICHS), a role that resembles that of a community health worker, Sirisisangpha navigates both Western medicine and spiritual-healing practices.