Christian group vandalizes ancient Mexican archeological site claiming it's linked to 'Devil worship'Raw Story
July 5, 2016
Members of a Jehovah's Witness sect have been accused of vandalizing a 7,000-year-old archeological site in eastern Mexico - all in an effort to stamp out "Devil worship."
The sect targeted the ancient ceremonial area because it was "not Christian" and destroyed "at least a dozen" stone altars built by the indigenous Otomi people at the San Bartolo Tutotepec archeological site, according to TeleSur TV.
Members of the sect say the destruction was motivated by a belief that the ancient indigenous religion involved devil worship. The perpetrators claim that they were following the word of God by destroying the temple site.
The Otomi people still hold the site sacred and archeologist say it's comparable to Mecca for Muslims or the Vatican for Catholics, with people making pilgrimages to the site every year. The ancient religion of the Otomis traditionally holds sacred various deities including earth, water, and fire.
It's still unknown how the Jehovah's Witnesses accessed the site, considering that it's protected by local indigenous people with access granted to only worshippers.