and the unseasonable Santas
is an interesting word. It now means a sex maniac,
but once meant a convert to Christianity who
reverted to their old beliefs.
We know many modern Yakas who belong to that
As pervs, the only Christmas celebrations we get
invited to are put on by Buddhists! After all, most
of Colombo’s multinational offices close or
hibernate towards the year’s end, regardless of
their employees’ beliefs. And as people here also
celebrate the widest array of festivals, Buddhist,
Saiva, Muslim, Christian, let alone May Day and
Women’s Day, those Yakas who love a midnight bang-up
may feel left out when all the world seems to revel
at this Saturnalian soiree.
The adverted numbers of Xmas’ global sweep are
however commercial hyperbole, much like corporate
stats that claim so many billions are watching a
football game, even as half the world is asleep and
the other half awake.
We’ve been to a packed church in China at Christmas,
who when the priest said “Let us pray” and some,
mainly foreigners, knelt down, most people jumped up
and started taking photos. The congregation it seems
was mostly local tourists keen on observing
Christmas Soon in June
In the north of this northern hemisphere, as in the
lairs of NATO, night threatens by 3 o’clock on late
November afternoons! Such rapid dimming is used to
justify the earlier and earlier appearance of the
shopkeepers’ joy at the birth of Jesus. Especially
with the Pentagon’s new billions pocketed, and
settler “Thanksgivings” done: there are lotsa
turkeys left gobble-gobbling about, awaiting the
Christmas aka the winter solstice (when daylight
starts to grow longer) is over a month away, but
“Let there be light” also becomes the mantra of the
General Electric Co. As most of the stars of next
month’s Xmas, from a pink baby Jesus to a rosier
Santa Claus, all needing batteries or electricity,
have already been manufactured by GE units in China.
While only northeastern clouds cast day-lit
shadows here momentarily, merchants selling white
‘modernity’ are already flashing the Xmas decor.
What does snow and mistletoe have to do with a man
born in West Asia? Shouldn’t the Christmas tree be a
date tree or an olive tree rather than a coniferous
Jesus, black skinned before the crusaders and
slavers smeared him white, was born in a cool Club
Med climate, in what is now the regularly invaded
West Bank. A land where US-funded white settlers
regularly uproot the olive trees, those symbols of
Palestine, and Bethlehem undergoes NATO-style
lockdown, as choirs chirp, “Tis the season to be
jolly, Tra la la la la la la la.”
What happened to a Christ born to chase traders and
hedge funders from the churches? To the Jesus who
said it would be easier for a camel to go thru an
eye of a needle than a plutocrat to enter heaven?
No NATO, No Promised Land
It is ironic that many Christians here in Lanka,
rather than empathise with the Palestinians, who
comprise the Christians in that theatre of agony,
instead support the Zionist regime, which claims to
represent Jews, who presumably crucified their ‘saviour.’
Now, not for one jiffy do we think Jews killed
Jesus. The Roman Empire did. Further, the present
turmoil in West Asia, crossroads betwixt 3
continents, is not a matter of Jews versus Muslims
and Christians. Israel is a straightforward
implantation of white imperialism.
And as for Zionism, while the white Christian
variety long predates the Jewish brand, British
Petroleum and Exxon fundamentalism trumps them all.
No oily wells, no holy land.
Support for the Israelis among some Christians and
others here seems not for religious but political
solidarity for the white man’s imperial project,
which then robes its nakedness in religious raiment.
In the same way, Christmas ain’t a religious
festival anymore, but a ‘multicultural’ merchant
extravagansa. Tsunamis of sugar, alcohol and other
chemistries, cooked flesh and glossy wrapping, swarm
over the populace, knocking down Jew and Muslim,
Buddhist and Hindu alike, like a NATO juggernaut.
For Christians, faced by months-long over-dosages of
mammon proclaiming “Happy” this and “Merry” that,
overwhelming all common fellowship they wish
Christianity upholds, December is actually the prime
month for suicide and its tendencies.
More so this Christmas when it seems a Christian
god will treat mainly Catholic countries in one way
and Protestants in yet another, like in Kanatte.
(Cash-strapped Ireland has already apologised for
closing its embassy in the Vatican! And condom
prices have fallen in Dublin!)
Portugal, Spain and Italy, slow to industrialise due
to their rulers once looting the world, would have
been long underdeveloped like us, if the white man
had been unable to attack the Americas, Africa or
Asia. These early-day imperialists are also unable
to defend their former colonial possessions and
Again, this crisis has to do with religion only if
you insist. As historian Christopher Hill states,
“Men did not become capitalists because they were
Protestants, nor Protestants because they were
capitalists. In a society already becoming
capitalist, Protestantism facilitated the triumph of
Besides, all this jive about ‘Protestant work
ethics’ always leaves us comatose. If they liked
work so much, how come they got ‘slaves’ to do it?
Thirty years ago it was all ‘Third World’ debt.
Today it is the white man’s debt.
O how things change. O how they pervert!