Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Australian Comedian Contemplates New Holiday Traditions After Road Testing Religions

MELBOURNE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You may have your holiday activities all planned out, but an Australian comedian who’s road tested everything from Buddhism to Voodooism shares some different traditions you could incorporate.

Curious about other religions, Melbourne-based John Safran traveled all over the world trying to “rank the religions from best to worst” for an Australian series called John Safran vs. God.

In Mozambique, he was washed in chicken blood to remove a curse, and in his words, “They squeezed the headless chicken on me like a tube of toothpaste. Maybe I could do that over Christmas with the Christmas turkey.”

He also visited a “peyote church” in Arizona, which he reveals was “really a bunch of [college] students sitting around smoking pot pretending it was a church.”

Still, he says you can have a surreal peyote experience “in the desert alone for like, 10 hours,” though he ended up vomiting.

Safran also enjoyed his Christian exorcism and, oddly, being swatted with a stick in a Buddhist temple, but reveals, “I might as well stay Jewish. It’s too hard to convert.”

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