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VRAJITORIA TINDE SA AJUNGA CREDINTA DOMINANTA IN AFRICA. Strange News : Belief in Witchcraft Widespread in Africa


Un nou sondaj Gallup care a avut ca obiectiv stabilirea tendintelor principalelor religii pe Continentul Negru a adus surprize de proportii. Cu toate ca specialistii din domeniu se asteptau sa gaseasca Islamul in rol de religie aflata pe un trend ascendent, se pare ca practicile vrajitoresti traditionale castiga considerabil teren in fata tuturor celorlalte religii concurente.

In ciuda eforturilor propavaduitorilor Islamului de a impune religia profetului Muhammad in Africa sub-sahariana, bastinasii nu renunta la vrajitorie si accepta Islamul doar formal, continuand sa fie credniciosi practicilor oculte stramosesti. 

La fel stau lucrurile si in cazul crestinismului. Cu toate misiunile de evanghelizare desfasurate de catre sectele crestine neo-protestante si de Biserica Romano-Catolica, localnicii aleg sa devina crestini sau musulmani doar in functie de avantajele materiale oferite de catre reprezentantii celor doua mari religii monoteiste aflate in goana dupa noi enoriasi. Insa, in adancul sufletelor lor si in viata de zi cu zi, africanii nu isi uita traditiile vechi de milenii.

Rezultatele studiilor si cercetarilor intreprinse de Institutul Gallup au evidentiat ca in 18 din cele 47 tari africane, practicile vrajitoresti se afla pe val la ora actuala. Aproximativ 15% dintre locuitorii Ugandei s-au reintors la vrajitorie, pe cand proportia celor care practica si cred in magia neagra a ajuns la 95% in tari precum Coasta de Fildes sau Benin.

Per total se estimeaza ca numai putin de 55% dintre locuitorii Africii sub-sahariene sunt convinsi de puterea si eficienta ritualurilor vrajitoriesti, apeland la samanii locali ori de cate ori au nevoie.

Vrajitorii africani castiga teren in randul bastinasilor datorita „policalificarii” de care multi dintre ei dau dovada. Multi vraci nu arunca doar blesteme si farmece asupra dusmanilor, ci ofera si asistenta medicala, tratand diverse afectiuni dupa metode naturiste. De asemenea, tot mai multi politicieni africani angajeaza pe bani grei serviciile cat mai multor vrajitori care primesc sarcina de a „distruge” din punct de vedere psihic si emotional rivalii din alte partide.

Surse: Live Science si Descopera .ro

African witchcraft

Strange News

Belief in Witchcraft Widespread in Africa

A new Gallup poll found that belief in magic is widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa, with over half of respondents saying they personally believe in witchcraft. Studies in 18 countries show belief varies widely (ranging from 15 percent in Uganda to 95 percent in the Ivory Coast), but on average 55 percent of people polled believe in witchcraft.

As might be expected, the older and less educated respondents reported higher belief in witchcraft, but interestingly such belief was inversely linked to happiness. Those who believe in witchcraft rated their lives significantly less satisfying than those who did not.

One likely explanation is that those who believe in witchcraft feel they have less control over their own lives. People who believe in witchcraft often feel victimized by supernatural forces, for example, attributing accidents or disease to evil sorcery instead of randomness or naturalistic causes.

A cultural belief in witchcraft has wider implications for Africans as well, from law enforcement to aid donations to public health. In Africa, witch doctors are consulted not only for healing diseases, but also for placing curses on rivals. Magic (or at least the belief in magic) is commonly used for personal, political, and financial gain.

African belief in witchcraft has also led to horrific murders and mutilations in recent years. In 2008, a mob of hundreds of young men killed eight women and three men in two villages in rural western Kenya. The victims were accused of witchcraft — having cast spells that lowered the intelligence of the village’s children. Some of the suspected witches and wizards were hacked to death with machetes, or had their throats slit before their bodies were burned.

In East Africa, at least 50 albinos (people with a rare genetic disorder that leaves the skin, hair and eyes without pigment) were murdered for their body parts in 2009, according to the Red Cross. An albino’s arms, fingers, genitals, ears, and blood are highly prized on the black market, believed to contain magical powers and are used in witchcraft.

In a continent of dark-skinned Africans, albinos are often the subject of fear, hatred, and ridicule. The practice of using body parts for magical ritual or benefit is called muti. Such attacks are particularly brutal, with knives and machetes used to cut and hack off limbs, breasts and other body parts from their screaming victims — including children.

While personal belief in magic and witchcraft may seem harmless, the actions some people take based on those beliefs clearly are not.

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By Benjamin Radford

12/12/2010 - Posted by | CREDINTA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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