AFTER CHENEY'S VISIT, PRIESTS SAY ONLY HUMAN SACRIFICES WILL WORK
GUATEMALA CITY - Mayan priests purifed a sacred archaeological site to eliminate "bad spirits" after President Bush visited yesterday so that their ancestors may rest in peace, an official with close ties to the priests said.
"That a person like [Bush] walked on our sacred lands is an offense against the Mayan people," said Juan Tiney, the director of a Mayan organization. Tiney said the "cleansing rites entailed chanting and burning incense, herbs and candles."
Tiney added that next month's visit by Vice President Cheney poses even greater challenges. "No amount of chanting or incense can purify the land after that one," he said. "The only hope is to gather up dozens of our most beautiful virgins and offer them as human sacrifices." Even then, Tiney said, "there's no guarantee that will work."