Tag Archive for 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…

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…

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…

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…

India’s Superstition Industry

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The latest issue of Frontline – India’s National Magazine – features several stories of interest in the theme “Superstition Industry”. Check it out. Frontline : In-depth analysis of issues and events in India and around the world. The main feature is on the charges against a famous guru. In the name of faith | Frontline. Asaram…

Participant of a spiritualist organization noted for violence is arrested for Dabholkar murder

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It is not clear what evidence is against the person charged. Police finally crack an arrest in the Narendra Dabholkar murder, pick up suspect from Sanatan Sanstha : Maharashtra, News – India Today. A special team of the Pune Crime Branch probing the murder of Dr Narendra Dabholkar has taken a sadhak of ‘Sanatan Sanstha’…

Pre-game ritual: Sheep slaughter

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Apparently it’s tradition for this team to sacrifice a sheep before a (European) football match. The Scottish SPCA says, you’re not in your own country now. Shakhter Karagandy boss defends sheep slaughter ahead of Celtic game | Glasgow & West | News | STV. Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov plans to continue the Kazakh club’s…