Tag Archive for superstition

Vanuatu lawmaker supports capital punishment for ‘sorcery’

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A Melanesian official states there should be a death penalty for practicing sorcery because it it real and causes real harm. Vanuatu MP Willie Jimmy proposes death penalty for witchcraft – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Vanuatu MP and former finance minister Willie Jimmy is calling for witchcraft to be made a crime punishable by…

Suggestion of jinn possession is on the rise in Muslim women

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Belief in jinn as the cause of health issues is becoming alarmingly more common among Muslim women. Healthcare providers fear that they will seek out alternative healers instead of seeking medical attention. Conditions such as bad luck, marital infidelity, epilepsy and schizophrenia may be blamed on spirit possession. Muslim women’s centre reports rise in number…

Guilty of sex trafficking, woman found to be controlling victims via witchcraft belief

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Another case of exploiting people’s beliefs to do them incredible harm, women from Nigeria are trapped into the sex trade due to threats from witchcraft. BBC News – Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court. A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to…

Goblin extraction may result in death

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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)…

Albino woman killed in Tanzania for body parts

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People with albinism face constant fear in some parts of the world where superstitions regarding albinos is still alive. Albinos face prejudice but also brutal attacks and even death. BBC News – Tanzanian witch doctors arrested over albino killing. Two witch doctors in Tanzania have been arrested after a woman with albinism was hacked to…

Besieged by bombarding birds

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It may seem odd for birds to bombard a house but they get confused and can’t comprehend reflective surfaces like windows. Birds Slam Into Windows, Leave Long Island Couple Lying Awake « CBS New York. It has been a full week of rude awakenings for a Long Island couple, who said their home has been…

Suing for superstition. Failed.

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This is one I hadn’t heard before – suing the family of your former tenant because he stigmatized the property by committing suicide. Actually, in this area of the world, this is serious stuff. Landlord loses lawsuit in haunted house case A landlord, surnamed Chen, lost a lawsuit yesterday in a case in which he…

Police run screaming from ‘goblin’ in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s goblin problem continues. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Cops flee from station as family dumps goblin. A family from Bulawayo’s Nketa 7 suburb dumped its tenant’s “goblin” at the Tshabalala Police Station, sending cops fleeing in different directions. A family that claimed a lodger owned the goblin brought it to the station in a suitcase. The…

News of “vampiric” attack out of Kenya

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This story from Kenya relates the outrage of a village where a father cut his son and licked the blood. The news story suggests that it was not the first time the child endured this abuse. Hopefully, it will be the last. Standard Digital News – Naivasha ‘Vampire’ cuts his five year old son and…

Another anti-superstition bill proposed in Indian state

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Another state in India proposed an anti-superstition bill. We’ve covered the dangerous superstitious practices rampant in India in modern times. Is the tide turning against these historical behaviors? Karnataka anti-superstitious bill: 13 rituals considered evil practices – The Times of India. Thirteen superstitious rituals have classified as evil practices and amount to severe punishment according…

Dabholkar anti-superstition law is being applied in India

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The Anti-superstition law at work. Man arrested for practising black magic – Times Of India. About one-and-a-half months after the state government promulgated an ordinance against black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices, the Malegaon police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man from Aqsa Colony area for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 3 lakh…