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Cannon/gun worship

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Cannon/gun worship

Postby hansioux » 22 Jan 2015, 13:23

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According to the Dutch record De Dagregisters van het Kasteel Zeelandia (Daily Registers from Castle Zeelandia, The Zeelandia Diaries), which documented VOC activities from 1629 to 1662, Koxinga's army treated several foreign guns on board warships as deities. The translated version of The Zeelandia Diaries:

國姓有兩艘特別的戎克船,在這兩艘戎克船上有四門大砲,這些大砲被他們當作神明那樣供奉,這兩艘船每次都一起上陣對我方的船隻作戰,但那些大砲都不准發射,使他們非常傷心,因為他們每次擲籤(lot)求問可否發砲時,掉落下來的結果都是禁止並勸阻他們發射大砲。

Koxinga had two special junks which were each equipped with 2 imported cannons. They were worship as gods. We would encounter both these vessel every time we engaged Koxinga's forced at sea. However, those cannons never fired even once in all those engagements. This made the sailors of the koxinga fleet very sad, because every time they through lots (pua-pue) to ask for the gods permission to fire the cannons, but the result was a no every single time.


According to the same documents, sans these 4 import cannons, which lobbed cannon balls over 30lb, there were no other cannons capable to dealing damages to the Dutch fleet. Most cannons in Koxinga's fleet lobbed 4lb cannon balls, which simply bounced off the hull of Dutch vessels.

If Koxinga sailors didn't have that ridiculous superstition regarding their primary weapons, it was possible that they could have forced the Dutch to capitulate a lot earlier.

Is there other similar kind of cannon/gun worship around the world?
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Re: Cannon/gun worship

Postby Tempo Gain » 22 Jan 2015, 13:41

I don't know, but I'm reminded of cargo cults

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult
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