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Shamans For Obama

October 29, 2008

Well, if Barack Obama hasn’t quite drummed up enough support yet, here’s word out of Peru that the South American country’s indigenous shamans have held a mystic ceremony and chosen Obama as their presidential pick. Because, you know, the U.S. president holds a lot of sway over these mountain magicians.

After indulging their visionary powers, here’s what a couple of them had to say:

Obama is growing stronger, I’ve seen that he has the spiritual support of Martin Luther King and John F. Kennedy to protect him,” Juan Osco, president of the Apus-Inka healers association, told The Associated Press. “He’s going to win.”

“Obama will win and he will change history … he is going to help all the Latinos living in the United States,” said Mary Gomez, a healer from the city of Chiclayo.

Now, I know I tend to be pretty sarcastic here at Weather Station 1. Not this time, though. As a person of indigenous background, I have nothing but respect for old earth faiths. In fact, after reading as much as I can tonight about these shamans of Peru, I think they’re on to something.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to just leave elections in their hands? They have no vested interest, and rely on their ancient methods: They chant and burn special wood before rubbing ashes over posters of the candidates, thereby generating the visions they need to make their choice.

Whether you live in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. France or Australia, you have to admit this sounds as sensible as anything we do. They’re practising ancient rituals dating back thousands of years, passed down orally from father to daughter, mother to son, never written down … still, it’s probably easier to master than the electoral college system.

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