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09 AUGUST 2009

Prisoners of a White God: Akha culture under attack

"This documentary explicitly reveals under cover work of missionary agencies and individuals in the destruction of an ethnic group, the Akha people of South East Asia. It is a picture of evil cloaked in righteousness. Evangelical missionaries come with the Good News of the Gospel, and aid for the poverty stricken mountain people. The reality is division, destruction of family core groups, human rights violations, displacement, forced relocation, theft of land, cultural genocide, racism and power of a majority people group over the indigenous group.
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[Tomáš] Ryška does an excellent job presenting the contrast of hypocrisy and wealth of the missionary, aid, food and clothing, the underworld of child trafficking versus the appearance of cleanliness and holiness, worship done the 'right' way, versus the 'pagan way.' He contrasts land theft, greed for the rich mountain resources, good business versus God's service. He uncovers the fear of eternal punishment versus the joys of heaven, fear of death threats for those who dare expose evil that dwells in the fundamentalist Christian missionary centres, corruption versus holiness, forced relocation, illness, depression, malaria, and prison camps in the lowlands for the unfortunate mountain people. It is colonization all over again."
(Akha Heritage Foundation)

TAGS

2008aid • Akha • autonomyChristiancommunitycorruptioncultural heritage • disempowerment • documentaryethicsethnicity • ethnocide • exploitationfaithFirst NationsfundamentalismglobalisationimperialismIndigenousIndigenous communitiesLaos • missionaries • missionarypagan • Prisoners of a White God • religionsocial changeSouth-East AsiaspiritualityThailand • Tomas Ryska • traditiontraffickingtransformationvillager

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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