Christian Missionary Killed By an Isolated Tribe.The same thing happens in Alaska with Timothy Treadwell [google.com] and Chris McCandless [google.com] and I am sure in other places where Delusional beliefs replace rational skepticism... and it is not restricted to religious fanatics. [friendlyatheist.patheos.com]
Don't get your point. Chau was killed when trying to reach a primitive tribe on an island where visitors were banned but Treadwell was killed by a bear and was probably just unlucky or maybe complacent. I read the story of McCandless some time ago and he died after eating poisonous plants. He tried to get back to civilisation but could not cross a river barring his way. Neither died because of delusional beliefs.
I think there has to be a distinction made here between the deaths of Treadwell and McCandless and that of Chau. Chau was definitely in the grip of religious delusion and was a on a personal crusade to convert “savages”, and his arrogance and persistence in face of warnings not to try to land on these Islands in the Andaman Sea, because the Sentinelese natives did not want any outsiders on their island, caused his own death. The Indian government has made it very clear to all those navigating in this area not to approach these islands. How supremely arrogant for John Chau to think his god was going to protect him from harm and that these people needed to be converted! I have no sympathy at all for him, but the other two are quite tragic, especially Chris McCandless who seemed to turn increasingly into a loner and probably had mental health problems, not looking after his own welfare and nourishment indicates this. Timothy Treadwell loved and enjoyed studying the bears and I’m sure he knew the risks involved, so in a way ...just like any other high risk occupation, he took a calculated risk to do something he wanted to do. Unfortunate that his girlfriend also lost her life, but I’m sure she was there with him of her own free will, so a double tragedy.