Last weekend I had the priviledge of participating in the wedding of 2 Paĩ young people. This wedding was significant for several reasons. First of all the groom was from a location that is about 200 kilometers from where the bride lived. To marry somebody that far away is almost unheard of in the Paĩ […]
What do you do with your old shoes?
If you were a Pai tribal person you would be careful about where you left your old shoes or even clothes and especially hair. These items could be used for casting a spell on you upon which you would then die. This is the scenario that recently presented itself here among the Pai.
The Pai are a tribe of about 13,000. The government has designated land for them to live on. This is not in just one location but rather in 70 communities or colonies scattered over a large area. They do not live in villages on these colonies but are spread out with different families living separate from each other. Consequently the missionaries must do a lot of small group teaching rather than teaching in a large village type setting.
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