aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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all n. korean triplets seized by the government
Posted by dav at 2003 March 30 03:23 PM
File under: News

What is up with these nutcases? Herald Sun: Korea's 'lucky' triplets seized

ALL triplets in North Korea are being forcibly removed from parents after their birth and dumped in bleak orphanages.

The policy is carried out on the orders of Stalinist dictator Kim Jong-il, who has an irrational belief that a triplet could one day topple his regime.

Sheesh, this is like some bible story. What the hell is going on?!? This is just so -CRAZY-!!! One day, assuming humanity survives the century, we're going to look back at the mixing of government and religious/superstitious beliefs as the greatest single problem that has plagued mankind. Culturally accepted religious irrationality just has to go.


As a mother, news like that makes me cringe (and hug my children tighter.) And as a mother, my focus on it was on the damage & hurt to the children, not so much the governmental policies behind it. At the same time, I read it and wondered whether or not they (N. Korea citizens) think that policy is acceptable - since the article also states that all babies of high-ranking government officals are removed at the age of 2 to break the family bonds and re-enforce loyalty (hmm, life-long brainwashing) is that something they get used to, thus just basically passing on tradition? To expand on that, the officials that carry out this triplet-removing law are probably the same ones that were removed from their homes when they were little, so it may not seem a big deal to them. I'm sure at some level they believe it is not only justified, but some type of requirement. Kind of like the barbaric custom in America of circumcision. Most everyone does it because everyone before them did it. But because of that, it's not seen in a bad light, in fact, one is considered "wrong" when they don't do it (instead of the other way around). Perhaps in N. Korea, it's the same way -the triplets, the removal of the children of officials at age 2, all of that is custom. Ridiculous or horrendous to others, but perfectly acceptable to them.

(just my two cents. although at 2:15am, *yawn* it's probably not worth even that much.)

Posted by: Laura on March 30, 2003 11:20 PM

I don't think the parents think it's OK, I think they're living under a dictatorship and don't have any choice (one as bad and probably worse than the one the U.S. is at war with right now).

Posted by: Dav on April 5, 2003 12:53 AM

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