You may have heard of this, but in case you have not I’d like to share the way a certain obscure people group behave during the harvest season. Missions organizations have been studying this phenomenal behavior pattern for years.
At the end of the year while everyone else has been working hard to support their families, the tribesmen from various villages throughout the land appoint certain aspiring young warriors to something mysteriously attractive to all the men folk. These warriors train all year, buffeting their bodies to the point of exhaustion in order to participate in the season long contest.
Once this ritual begins, the women take care of all the chores and duties of the home until the men are satisfied with the tribal outcome of victory. The men gather in huge crowds to watch the young warriors clash for at least two hours until the ritual ends. Bloodied and bruised they meet again and again until the strongest tribe finally wins, but this is not settled in a few days; this takes months to decide.
There are colorful garments and headdresses the warriors wear that make them appear fierce and larger than life. The men from the villages line the area wearing similar colors of the warriors depicting their tribes. Faces are painted and some will paint their whole torso in bright colors as they shout for their warriors. Some have tattooed themselves with tribal designs which they will wear for life.
A word about these warriors: They are rewarded handsomely for their service and are not expected to do anything else in the tribe except participate in the ritual. Although the rest of the tribesmen work hard and long hours, they gladly turn over large gifts that cost them days or even weeks worth of wages. There are rulers among the tribes, but few of them, even their military men, are as rich as the warriors of the ritual.
Now the strangeness of this is that the winning tribe appoints a certain man to take an animal skin bladder filled with air and move it past the other warriors while he is severely attacked by the opposing warriors. He is defended by his own tribal warriors, but is often unsuccessful and sometimes physically injured. For this reason many of the warriors do not make it past their 30’s before they are replaced by younger men. If the man makes it past the other tribes, he then appoints another to kick the bladder over a tall slender altar at the end of the field, which must mean, he offers the win to the gods of the tribes.
Some believe this game was handed down by aliens from whom the tribes may have been birthed. There are often voices heard and bright lights observed during this ritual war that seem to come from nowhere. So perhaps this belief has some credibility, but it is not likely. There are also what appear to be women dedicated to the tribal gods who encourage their warriors with chants that seem to excite some of the village men even more than the ritual itself.
All of this seems so puzzling to us but makes complete sense to them. The crowds of people scream and chant as the ritual goes on, week after week until a tribe claims the trophy: A silver idol elongated and on a small stand. Anthropologists are beginning to believe it is the very shape of the alien’s head that birthed this people group. We of course believe it represents the hopelessness of this people group. We need to reach them, they are obviously lost.
A word to the wise: What we have observed in our studies is strangely attractive, especially to the men who did the study. We encourage you not to get involved in the barbaric activity of these tribesmen, nor support the actions of those who observe the ritual as they are uncultured an unlearned. We who have progressed know better than to involve ourselves in such paganism.
(this is an allegory, just sayin; intended for fun)