Conked by a Cudgel
„So God steals candy?“
„The Mariana Islands people can make twelve spears out of a human skeleton, the larger the body, the better and bigger are the spears. It is this reason, inevitably, that these savages feel a great desire to kill a man of high stature. However, I do not wish to lose my life and shed blood for their spears, but only for the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!“ – Augustin Strobach, May 21, 1683
This production is based on letters of Augustin Strobach, a Jesuit missionary and a Jihlava native who left for the Mariana Islands never to return. During his mission, he baptized more than four hundred savages, married a hundred couples, taught the locals to grow corn, and was eventually beaten to death with a club in a bloody rebellion. What was the meaning of Augustine’s “martyrdom”? In what way did his Czech footprint impact the history of a culture on the other side of the world? Is it possible to spread truth and love on ships that also carry rats, plague, and taxation?
95 min without interval
February 21st and 22nd, 2020