Dark Reason Tribe That Killed American Christian Hate Outsiders

An American missionary is believed to have been killed by Sentinelese tribespeople in the Andamans when he visited the island to teach them about Jesus.

It was reported that John Allen Chau paid local fishermen to get him close to the remote Indian island before kayaking the rest of the way but was met by residents of the island who tried to shoot arrows at him.

The following day it is believed Mr Chau attempted to get to the island again and, according to Indian police reports, seven fishermen witnessed the tribespeople kill him with arrows before dragging his body away.

Many people have speculated that Mr Chau should never have travelled to the island and authorities haven't even attempted to send police to question the tribe, who have greeted outsiders with hostility for decades, according to Sky News.

Mr Chau wanted to convert the tribe to Christianity. Credit: Instagram/johnachau
Mr Chau wanted to convert the tribe to Christianity. Credit: Instagram/johnachau

Now one Twitter thread is attempting to explain why the natives of North Sentinel Island reacted the way they did to Mr Chau's arrival.

The majority of this explanation focuses on Maurice Vidal Portman, a Commander who had contact with the island in the 1880s.

According to the Twitter user, Portman was 'erotically obsessed with the Andamanese, and he indulged his passion for photography by kidnapping members of various tribes and posing them in mock-Greek homoerotic compositions'.

It is thought that Portman and his group located an elderly couple and a few children that they abducted. It's alleged that the couple quickly died, potentially because they had no immunity from illness due to them living in isolation with the rest of the tribe.

Moving forward to the 1960s and 70s, when the Indian government attempted to make contact, the Sentinelese were hostile to outsiders.

Another example comes from 2006 when two fishermen were reportedly killed after drifting onto the island when their anchor detached while they were sleeping.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/johnachau

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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