Isolated Sentinelese Tribe Shows Zero Tolerance for Preachy Christian Missionary
John Allen Chau, 27, was killed by the Sentinelese Tribe on Sentinel Island in November of 2018. His body was dragged along the beach and buried following the murder. But who are the Sentinelese, and what was Chau doing on their island?
The Sentinelese tribe are an isolated people with a documented history of violence toward outsiders of any kind. The tribe killed two fishermen who drifted too close to the island while they slept in 2006. They also struck a documentary director who was trying to do a piece on the Sentinelese in the thigh with an arrow. The Indian government even passed laws that prohibit any individual from being closer than 3 miles to the island. The reasons for the law are twofold; to protect individuals from getting too close to the Sentinelese tribe for their own safety, and for the safety of the Sentinelese themselves, who are unlikely to possess the required genetic immunity to survive exposure to common viruses.
The Sentinelese tribe does not interact with anyone outside of their tribe, except to shoot arrows at them. They are primitive, and an interesting anthropological study. They are backwards psychos who are best left to their own devices.
So what was Chau doing so close to the Sentinelese? He was a Christian Missionary, obsessed with the idea of introducing the tribe to the word of Christ. Despite its illegality, and despite the warnings of locals, Chau decided he would do the impossible. He would be the savior of the Sentinelese.
This wasn’t Chau’s first foray into Mission work, nor to adventure. By all accounts, he packed a good amount of living into his 27 years. Unfortunately for Chau, this would be his final mission.
Chau’s plan was to bring the word of God to the Sentinelese, but how? They speak their own language, Sentinelese. So Chau was going to bring a bible and hope the holy spirit blessed him with the spontaneous ability to speak a language he’s never encountered? Because they sure don’t speak or read English.
The Sentinelese are primitive hunter gatherers, but Chau wasn’t. How did he not perform a simple Google search to ensure that the locals weren’t the type of mad men to randomly kill foreigners for sport? And if he did, how was he so deeply brainwashed by Christian Ideology that he assumed the Sentinelese would give him a waiver based on faith?
This is precisely why logic must be weighed against intuition in matters regarding spirituality. It brings to mind a great Bill Hicks bit.
“Always that same LSD story, you’ve all seen it. ‘Young man on acid, thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy.’
What a dick! Fuck him, he’s an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off on the ground first? Check it out. You don’t see ducks lined up to catch elevators to fly south—they fly from the ground, ya moron, quit ruining it for everybody. He’s a moron, he’s dead—good, we lost a moron, fuckin’ celebrate.”
Why couldn’t he stuff bible pages into bottles and send them to shore? There’s simply no excusable logic for this sort of decision making.
Anyway, this is unintentionally hilarious and simultaneously sad because the kid was obviously striving toward what the biblical metaphor for Jesus was intended to inspire within an individual. Truly a selfless aim, regardless of its misguided nature. Surgeon General’s Warning, religion is a risk for cancer.
Dammit Chau, what were ya thinking? Rest in peace.
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