Tag Archive for superstition

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…

The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

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…

Philippino brothers charged in brutal murder, cannibalism of their mother

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Three brothers tortured, killed and then consumed their mother in what is being called a ritual killing, believing she was evil. Raps filed vs. siblings who killed, ate own mother | Nation, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com. Authorities will file on Monday criminal charges against three Moro siblings who slaughtered their 56-year-old mother and…

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…

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…