Superstition

Stupid beliefs kill rhinos; penalties becoming harsher in South Africa

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Organizations to save rhinos from poaching to their extinction call for a zero tolerance policy. In order to achieve that, harsher penalties must be proposed. This newest sentencing is much harsher but probably not enough to stem the killing. South Africa: Rhino Poacher Gets 77 Years in Jail – ABC News. A rhino poacher in…

Those pesky goblin infestations! Burn the house down!!

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I’m wondering if there is anything for which “goblins” isn’t a kickass excuse. Sangoma in court for torching goblins’ house. A self-styled sangoma from Chief Nyajena area in Masvingo yesterday appeared in court for allegedly setting his uncle’s house on fire because it had goblins. Mike Musiiwa of Mutadzo Village pleaded guilty to arson before Masvingo…

Boko Haram militants fleeing attacks from spirits

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A tipster noticed an interesting bit at the end of this story. Standard Digital News – Nigerian singer offers her virginity to Boko Haram in exchange for kidnapped schoolgirls. Meanwhile, Islamists fighting for Boko Haram are leaving their forest hiding places after a number of senior militants died as a result of relentless attacks by snakes…

Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

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I hate to be cynical about stuff like this but there is nothing impressive about this story at all. Ouija Board ‘Possesses’ 3 With Demonic Spirits in Mexico: ‘We’re Going to Die,’ Says Young Woman (VIDEO). A Oujia board led to three people being “possessed” by evil or demonic spirits in San Juan Tlacotenco, Mexico,…

New paper says maybe mental condition really IS demons (UPDATE)

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See how the journal reacts in the update below. Originally published 3 June 2014 Oh my… a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that schizophrenia may in fact really BE demons! I almost have no response to that. Almost. Here is the abstract. I do not have access to the article.…

Another Slenderman-connected attack. Another girl. More parental reaction.

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Another attack is connected to Slenderman, this time in Ohio. This one sounds less connected, more complicated, and like an overreaction to a scapegoat cause. We can’t tell if it is a copycat case or the Mother seeing a post hoc connection. Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter’s knife attack influenced by Slender Man | Local News…

Healers in Ghana get sound advice

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Mixed feelings about this story. A leader of an association of faith healers in Ghana is sending out some pretty good advice. Little steps? Faith healers asked to register to expose quacks. Apostle Emmanuel Adarkwa, Eastern Regional Coordinator of Ghana Association of Faith Healers, has urged herbalists and faith healers to register with the organisation…

Native hunters offer to help search for girls, armed with magic

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They aren’t afraid but the bravado is misplaced. Traditional Nigerian Hunters Want to Find Girls. Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists. With Nigeria’s…