North Korea Executes Fortune Tellers

As part of an unsettling crackdown on 'superstitious activities,' the North Korean government publicly executed a pair of fortune tellers. The troubling incident reportedly took place last month and was spawned by what officials see as a worrisome rise in residents turning to self-proclaimed soothsayers for guidance. In response, a trio of fortune tellers known as the 'Seven Star Group' was arrested and put on trial in front of an audience of thousands of people who were ordered to attend the event.

According to an individual with knowledge of the strange situation, the fortune tellers had "used a three-year-old and five-year-old child to carry out their activities, claiming that the children were possessed by a spirit oracle and receiving money for telling fortunes." The 'work' of the soothsayers is not altogether unique in North Korea, where such individuals have become increasingly popular to the point that "even high-ranking government officials and the families of judicial authorities often visit fortune tellers."

More on this strange story at the Coast to Coast AM website.

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