Irish shaman labels sea god statue theft as 'hate crime'
Police are being asked to view the theft of a sea god statue from the top of an Irish mountain as a ‘hate’ crime.’ The call comes from an Irish pagan priest following the cutting down of the Manannan Mac Lir stature from Benevenagh Mountain near Limavady last week.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are being asked to take this line in their deliberations particularly as a cross which had the words - 'Thou shalt have no other gods but me' - was found at the scene of the theft.
This is evidence, says Patrick Carberry, who labels himself a traditional Celtic shamanic priest, that stealing the statue was motivated by hate against those who worship pagan gods, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Carberry believes that if a 6ft crucifix had been stolen and replaced with a pagan symbol, it would have led to a huge public outrage.
Thieves used an angle grinder to cut down the statue of Manannán Mac Lir. It was one of five pieces of art aligned across the Roe Valley and was commissioned as part of a Sculpture Trail set up in 2013 to boost tourism in the area. The other four pieces were left untouched.
Former Limavady mayor Gerry Mullan has previously stated that the taking of the statue was premeditated.