Goblin extraction may result in death

We don’t know why, but almost every time we cover a story about goblins, it’s a story from Zimbabwe. I’d love to find out why this is such a thing there!

Man dies in goblin exorcism ritual.

A 72-year old man from Gokwe died under mysterious circumstances a few minutes after a traditional healer (tsikamutanda) from Chipinge allegedly destroyed his goblin.

Members of the Mhlanga family in Mhondogori, Gokwe are yet to come to terms with the death of Punish Mhlanga who died immediately after the alleged destruction of the goblin.

Events however took a tragic turn for the worse when the tsikamutanda claimed Mhlanga’s illness was of his own making and it was impossible to heal him unless the goblin was removed.

The traditional healer told the family, removing the goblin will however have dare [sic] consequences as the father would die. According to the deceased’s wife, Sylivia, true to the tsikamutanda’s word, Punish started vomitting blood and died fifteen minutes after the goblin had been destroyed.

As usual, the story has only anecdotal statements and is steeped in superstition. There are many possibilities here. One is that illness and misfortune is blamed on goblins, that people see them everywhere, and they are scapegoats for any trouble. The man was ill and originally blamed the illness on witchcraft. The healer blamed the man and his goblin. Pretty sick stuff. With these stories, typically from the same media outlet, there is no confirmation by doctors, only the shaman or healers. They resemble urban legends.

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