Justice for Incas and Aztecs!
Until a few years ago BBC television’s Last Night at the Proms used to feature fat ladies, usually draped in the Union Flag, singing patriotic songs like Jerusalem, Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory and of course Rule Britannia. Recently, presumably just to prove that all that jingoism is no longer quite the ticket, the Corporation has taken to featuring singers of either sex (no, I refuse to say “gender”), thin, fat and middling, from anywhere in the world.
That inimitable blog “Eccles Is Saved” commented on the latest Last Night at the Proms:
The appearance of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez singing Rule Britannia while dressed as an Inca chief has awakened people to the realization that there are increasing numbers of Incas in the UK—two or three million at the last census—and they do not always assimilate easily with the indigenous population.
An increasingly common sight on the streets of Britain.
Some people object to the Inca religion, ‘the religion of peace’, because of its human sacrifices, although the more tolerant of us have learned to respect these cultural differences. It is a different matter with the radicalised Incas, who shout ‘Viracocha’ —often on trains—before dragging away children for slaughter on a high mountain.
Peace-loving Incas such as Juan Diego will have none of this. ‘Of course, the Incan liturgies do require the occasional sacrifice, but for everyday “low” services, we tend to do non-human sacrifices – perhaps a teddy bear.’
Some Incan priests slaughter a bear like this in the ‘Paddington’ rite.
Pope Francis, as a fellow South American, is very sympathetic to the Incan religion, and has already had ‘constructive’ meetings with the Incan Archbishop of Cusco, who has promised to slaughter a llama as a form of prayer for him.
Churches like this are starting to appear in our city centres.
So I hope that this little piece has helped to promote Christian/Incan tolerance, dialogue, walking together, and of course mercy.
This may be the first time the Inca community in Britain has been celebrated on the blogosphere, but 20 years or so ago the great Peter Simple of the Daily Telegraph once noted how the Aztecs of Mexico were already enhancing the rich tapestry of that country’s multicultural society:
‘Give Back Our Aztec Treasures – Now!’ This message, written in sober English and in mysterious Aztec glyphs, appears on a banner displayed outside the public reference library in Carbon Brush Street, Nerdley. This is the building which a group of Aztecs seized in the 1960s, claiming it as one of the sites occupied by their ancestors in the Dark Ages after they crossed the Atlantic in stone boats.
‘The Aztec treasures exhibited in London,’ says Royston Huitzilopochtli (formerly Royston Nobes), South Shields-born leader of the Aztec community, a 43-year sociology student at Nerdley University, ‘must be returned to us for safe-keeping until our capital city of Tenochtitlan is rebuilt and restored to what it was before the fascist, racist Spanish invader brutally destroyed it.
‘It was the greatest and most splendid city on earth. Its gleaming civic centres, towering housing estates, fully equipped sports facilities and municipal swimming pools were a triumph of socialist planning at a time when Europeans were cowering in primitive mud huts in terror of the feudal system.’
The Aztec community, he declares, is ‘fully multicultural and diversified, following its own traditional way of life while gladly co-operating with the system of grants and subsidies provided by a sympathetic Labour council through ethnic minority liaison committees and other agencies.’ A sore point is the ban on human sacrifice which, in spite of a vigorous campaign by white sympathisers, is still illegal in Britain, even on a comparatively small scale.
‘This is racism at its bigoted worst,’ says Labour Councillor Don Binliner, chairman of Aztec Outreach. ‘When shall we learn to welcome the Aztecs for the unique contribution they are making to the rich tapestry of our multicultural society?’
I learned today that there really is such a thing as a stone boat. However, it’s not a boat; it’s a kind of sled attached to a horse and is used for pulling heavy objects (not just stones) across rough ground. I’d show you an illustration, but I think there are already enough pictures in this blog post, so if you want to know more about it I suggest you Google “stone boat” yourself. Oh, and Paddington bear, of course, like Señor Flórez , comes from Peru.