A few weeks ago, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez announced to the world that his doctors – Jesus, Castro, and “the medical team” – had cured him of cancer. This is a remarkable team, not known for all that many previous collaborations. But it appears not to have worked as well as Chavez would like us to believe. From AFP:
Shamans from tribes in Venezuela’s Amazon jungle held a ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace Saturday [September 11] to help Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recover from his cancer treatment.Chavez, who insists that he was “not sick but recovering” from cancer, greeted the shamans wearing a track suit in the colors of the Venezuelan national flag and wore a crown of feathers the visitors gave him.Members of the Yekuana, Jivi and Wayuu communities danced, sang and prayed as they invoked their ancestors to protect the Venezuelan leader.The ritual was aimed at protecting Chavez “against enemies and bad health,” said Miguel Morales, a shaman from the Jivi community.It also serves “so that he is left in peace, politically,” he said.
Not even the shamans seem to have succeeded totally. This week saw the Venezuelan president returning to Cuba for a fourth round of chemotherapy. The cancer, he insists, remains cured.Are the Scientologists next?