AP Newsbreak: 1st sweat lodge survivor speaks out
By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press Writer Felicia Fonseca, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 17 mins ago
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A woman who took part in an Arizona sweat lodge ceremony tells The Associated Press that the spiritual guru who led the event pushed participants too far in what was supposed to be a life-expanding experience that culminated with people vomiting and passing out on the floor.
Texas resident Beverley Bunn is the first participant in the tragic incident to speak out publicly about the events that led up to the deaths. The 43-year-old told the AP in a series of interviews this week that by the time the sweat lodge ceremony began, the participants had undergone days of physically and mentally strenuous events that included fasting. In one game, guru James Arthur Ray even played God.
Within an hour of entering the sweat lodge on the evening of Oct. 8, people began vomiting, gasping for air and collapsing. Yet Bunn says Ray continually urged everyone to stay inside. . . .
"I can't get her to move. I can't get her to wake up," Bunn recalls hearing from two sides of the 415-square-foot sweat lodge. Ray's response: "Leave her alone, she'll be dealt with in the next round. . .
At one point, someone lifted up the back of the tent, shining light in the otherwise pitch-black enclosure. Ray demanded to know who was letting the light in and committing a "sacrilegious act," Bunn said. . . .
This really irks my ass. Why do white people have to co-opt every fucking thing they can possibly co-opt and then make money off it? This charlatan decided to take the Native American ceremony of the Sweat Lodge and turn it into a lethal event that he charged $9000 to participate in. This isn't the first time some dumb fuck white person has died in a sweat lodge because some dumb fuck white person didn't know a damn thing about what a sweat lodge was or how to construct the physical structure. Sometimes I just want to grab all my people up by the collar and slap the piss outta them.
I was taught how to do the sweat lodge by a Native American medicine man from the Santa Anna Puebla of New Mexico. He never charged me or the others he taught anything. We presented him with gifts that helped him to survive, but he never once asked us for anything. I've done hundreds of sweat lodges over the years. It has always been a comfortable and invigorating experience. It has always been about getting rid of tension and anxiety. About renewing the spirit and becoming more powerful. It has always been about connecting with the Earth and humbly accepting that which is gained and given in the sweat lodge.
This guy in AZ who tormented people inside what he called a sweat lodge is like a demon. The sweat is a process of cleansing. not tormenting. This piece of shit ought to be banished from mankind. I got it! Throw him in a cold dark jail cell. He has murdered people just a clearly as if he'd taken a knife and stabbed them. He is evil and not worthy of walking among the rest of us. GET THE MOTHER FUCKER OUTTA HERE!!
And for the rest of you. . . quit giving your money to dumb fuck pricks like this. What makes you think that someone getting rich off religion has anything of a spiritual nature to offer? Why are people so damn stupid? Over and over again we see these lying SOBs exposed for what they really are and over and over again people keep giving their money (resources) over to them. Here's an idea for you shit for brain motherfuckers who give your dollars to dick wads like this: save your money. Use your resources to feed your family or somehow enrich their lives. Use your resources to help others who are less fortunate. Now there's a spirual idea for ya to chew on while you gorge yourself on the jizz of some fast talking flim flam man with a bible in one hand and your balls in the other.