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Bruce Parry


Former British Royal Marine instructor who presents the documentary program Tribe, in which he visits various tribes around the world and lives by their customs for one month.
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Bruce Parry
I could be accused of being a wannabe tribesman, of wanting to be a tribal dude, but that is not how I see it. I see it as me doing what they wanted me to do, showing them respect and hanging out with them.
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I couldn't get to sleep at night without saying the Lord's Prayer because, when I was young, I felt I was touched by the hand of Jesus, and hated myself for challenging it.
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Whenever you face something new, you revert to your own tribal ways. People ask me how I can live among cannibals, or tribes that practise female circumcision, and not tell them what's right or wrong. I know that's not the way to understanding. I try not to judge.




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If I had to pick one tribe to go back and live with permanently ó and I hate doing this, itís not a contest ó it would be the people of Anuta, in the South Pacific. Itís got white beaches, blue seas, good food and gentle, friendly people who have a wonderful philosophy of sharing. And itís warm.
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They loved that I put a bone through my nose. They loved that I had my penis pushed back inside me.
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I grew up very Christian ... My family are still very Christian. I am in no way disrespecting them when I say this: it was overbearing. I believed I was touched by Jesus, and I prayed all the time. I was still very Christian when I left the Marines. I would tell everyone about Jesus ó it was almost evangelical. I thought all the good things in my life were because of my faith.
When I came back from expeditions, I had some experiences that made me readdress all that. I'd pretty much known all along that Christianity wasn't for me. Ever since then, I've been on my own quest to find another truth. I can't read novels, but I do read books about cosmology, about astrophysics, about genetics. I'm interested in altered states of mind, and creation myths. It's all part of the same thing ó I want to know why we think what we think. Now, I'd describe myself as pan-deist, reluctantly verging on atheist.
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