அபிரஹாமிய மதங்களால் கொண்டுவரப்பட்டுள்ள அழிவையும் சோகத்தையும் போக்க இந்துமதத்தின் சக மதங்களான பாகன் (ஊடு) மதத்தினர் இஸ்ரேல் பாலஸ்தீன அமைதிக்காக பிரார்த்தனை செய்கிறார்கள்.
அங்கு அமைதி திரும்ப இந்துக்களும் பிரார்த்தனை செய்வோம்.
Voodoo priests pray for Israel-Palestinian peace
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:23pm GMT Email | Print | Share| Single Page[-] Text [+]
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ABOMEY, Benin (Reuters) - Voodoo priests in Benin offered sacrifices and prayers to gods and ancestors on Saturday to seek an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to other wars in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
The small West African state sandwiched between Togo and Nigeria is the home of the ancient Voodoo religion, which was later carried by slaves to the Americas where it survives in different forms in countries like Brazil, Haiti and Cuba.
Addressing devotees at Abomey, 145 km (90 miles) north of Cotonou, voodoo high priest Dah Aligbonon referred to the conflict in Gaza during ceremonies to celebrate Benin's national voodoo day, a festival which draws hundreds of foreign visitors.
"All wars, which we deplore, have their origin for the most part in religious misunderstandings," said Dah Aligbonon.
After sacrificing a cock, spilling its blood on the ground in honour of deities and ancestors, the high priest invoked their aid to end conflict in Gaza, in Somalia, in Democratic Republic of Congo and "everywhere where peace is under threat."
"If there is no tolerance, religious hatred will spawn what is happening today in Palestine, where dozens of infants and innocents are paying for the intolerance of their parents," he added, speaking after traditional chants and dancing.
He called for a dialogue between religions in the world.
The voodoo priests, through the casting of cowrie shells, also consulted an oracle, which made a prediction for the year