Friday, March 09, 2007

Priests to purify site after Bush visit

Add Mayan spirit guides to the long list of people not happy about having Georgie around. Next week after he visits an archaeological site in Guatamala, Mayan priests will be purifying it to cleanse away the evil spirits he's expected to leave behind:

"'That a person like (Bush), with the persecution of our migrant brothers in the United States, with the wars he has provoked, is going to walk in our sacred lands, is an offense for the Mayan people and their culture,' Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan nongovernmental organization with close ties to Mayan religious and political leaders, said Thursday...

Bush's seven-day tour of Latin America includes a stopover beginning late Sunday in Guatemala. On Monday morning he is scheduled to visit the archaeological site Iximche on the high western plateau in a region of the Central American country populated mostly by Mayans."

The community spirit guides decided that purification would be needed after Georgie's visit so the ancestors could rest in peace. The process will include chanting, burning incense, herbs and candles; this should mop up any bad Bush mojo and prepare the site for the Summit of Latin American Indians at the end of March.

This sounds similar to the smudge ceremonies North American First Nations perform to calm an area that's been visited by evil or disruption. Georgie's definitely left a lot of death and destruction in his wake -- maybe the spirit guides would consider doing a world tour?