Monday, May 28, 2012
Planting Garlic By Moonlight
If you haven't yet enjoyed the TV show "Destination Truth" I encourage you to check it out.
A few fun facts about the show:
A: The host, Josh Gates, is crazy.
B. His merry crew of adventurers often get hurt.
C. They go all over the world checking out myths and legendary creatures.
D. The show is addicting.
It's interesting that wherever they go around the globe, in chasing monsters they come up against
local customs and religions which are are universal:
Some old Shaman (or Sha-woman) will pronounce (through interpreters):
"You must DO this (whatever this is: say a prayer, light a candle, gather weeds from a volcano, etc)
in order to be protected against the ____________."
Or to keep the local god from killing you.
Or to have fair haired children. Or...
You get the idea-Gates and crew dance to whatever music the local wizened man or woman plays.
They will solemnly recite prayers and oaths, walk backwards through doorways, wear paint or ridiculous hats-whatever it takes to go look for the local monster.
They also will eat spiders or octopus lice salad or anything else that is put in front of them by the natives.
Sometimes they even keep the food down!
It's a paranormal travelogue. It's a mystery show. It's a blast.
It's also interesting to see lands and peoples far removed from our daily reality. Though Nike and Lakers shirts seem to be worn by indigenous peoples throughout the world.
Do they find creatures? Not so much. But the efforts they make to seek them out- rappelling down cliffs, jet skiing into sea caves, hiking through jungles-it makes for great TV.