Tag Archive for superstition

Am I evil? No, I’m 4 and left-handed.

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In a “what century is it again?” moment from Oklahoma, a parent of a preschooler must take action against a teacher who thinks being left handed is a sign of evil. Source: Oklahoma Pre-K teacher allegedly calls being left-handed ‘evil’ and ‘sinister’ | KFOR.com A 4-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with…

Superstitious beliefs work against tormented family in Zimbabwe

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A nine-member family including small children have been experiencing mysterious fires in their home in a village in Zimbabwe. They have had to flee and they can’t find help. Source: Mystery fires guts down homestead | The Chronicle The Nkomo family of Tabi Line in Magaya village, Ward 17 yesterday told The Chronicle how the inexplicable…

Blessing scam alert in Vancouver

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News alert: Vancouver Police say there may be more victims of a blessing scam or evil spirit scam that has robbed people of significant amounts of cash and jewellery.Three women have now been arrested in connection with the scam, which came under investigation on July 8.The Vancouver Police Financial Crime Unit began the investigation into a…

Dangerous times in India as another rationalist is killed

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Scholar and academic, Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, has been assassinated in what appears to be retaliation against his outspoken views of Hinduism and his denouncing of superstition. He was 77. His murder is reminiscent of that of Narendra Dabholkar in August of 2013. Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified…

Horrific “exorcisms” in Pakistan and Argentina in the news

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It’s awful to have to report more exorcism stories. Today we have limited information (as usual) of reports on two deaths in Pakistan and a horrific assault that left a young woman in critical condition and severely handicapped for life in Argentina. Both involved religious-backed actions. Police Hunt ‘Exorcist’ Whose Ritual Killed Two Women The killings…

Abusive superstitious thinking against women still alive in India

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In Gujarat, a woman was gang raped for eight months, is now pregnant, denied an abortion, and ordered to undergo “purification tests” by her Devipujak community’s local court, a test never administered to men.The Devipujak group adheres to a strong caste and religious system. Women suffer under it. Sometimes it takes months to “purify” the victim. Source: Indian gang…

Fear of voodoo magic used to control Nigerian women in Spain

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To eradicate superstition, a fine start would be to educate the women of the country and give them greater opportunities. This is a guarantee of improvement. Spanish National Police announced on Monday that they broke up a ring of human traffickers who used juju voodoo and animal sacrifices to coerce women into prostitution. Source: Busted: Gang…

Enfield poltergeist set plagued by… fickle camera – OOOHH scary

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Let’s make a bit more publicity for this showing, shall we? Enfeld poltergeist filming hyped with haunts. TV stars left terrified after a ghost wreaks havoc with the set of a new poltergeist drama – Daily Record. Sounds scary! But it’s not. This article contains pretty much ZERO evidence of anything “wreaking havoc”. This is a…

Criminal house guest faked haunting and owners believed it

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Take a look at this piece and notice that the family who was duped appears to be overly superstitious in that they believed that the ghost was really a threat. The “ghost” caused $30,000 in damage and they paid this joker, Jason Sumey, to get rid of it. House guest claimed Fall City home was…

Police plan to use power of superstition against sex traffickers

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Police in the UK are pursuing a new plan that promises to undo evil magic and may help human trafficking atrocities. Fight fire with fire? Yes. If it works. Sex traffickers’ juju spells to be ‘reversed’ as part of radical new scheme to encourage young African victims to come forward Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner is examining…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

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I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

Freak out over parlor game: Silly warnings in Ireland about Ouija board

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In response to the film Ouija that was released in October, a group of exorcists warn against buying Ouija boards as Christmas gifts. People with strong supernatural beliefs give very silly advice. The Ouija board is a TOY that works via a known, natural effect. Exorcists warn against buying Ouija boards as gifts. Exorcists and paranormal…

New ideas arise from the grave – about vampire beliefs in Poland

'Vampire grave': A skeleton with the head between the legs, discovered in Gliwice, Poland.

This is an update to this story from July of last year. New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland’s Mysterious ‘Vampires’. Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren’t entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study…

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…

Footballer states he did not kill his friends to further his career

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Talk about bad press! Sports star Asamoah Gyan had to have a press conference to clear up allegations that he was responsible for the deaths of his two friends in what looks like a jet ski accident. Ghana media and local reports suggested he had committed some ritual sacrifice. BBC Sport – Asamoah Gyan denies…

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)…

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…

Ebola: Ignorance and denial will kill you

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The latest and very serious outbreak of ebola virus is aided by superstition and traditional beliefs. Fear and ignorance as ebola ‘out of control’ in parts of west Africa | World | The Guardian. When ebola first struck Pujeh, a village deep in Sierra Leone’s forested interior region, residents did what they always do when…

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…

Doctor in Uganda fighting a disease called superstition

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Superstitious disease in the news in Uganda. ‘Numbers’ that kill?. Dr. Thomas Lutalo of the ministry of Health is battling an unusual condition. He is in charge of investigating reports of a `strange disease’ in parts of central Uganda which emerges as a number on the skin of a patient. It is said that, like…

Was a tunnel superstition the cause of this accident?

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I saw this story and did not immediately notice the link to superstition until it was pointed out to me by the tipster. What’s the Harm in superstition? It can lead to accidents. It appears to be the case here. Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes three-car crash – CBS News. A 19-year-old man…