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Posted by Skidmark 2012-11-23 08:09||
#2 Opposite side of the continent, Skid. Not that it means much.
Posted by Pappy 2012-11-23 09:44||
#3 Does the Vatican border Kenya? I guess it does now.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-11-23 10:01||
#4 You know, this would be a handing way to get rid of the in-laws, turning them into chickens. Just saying.
Posted by Charles 2012-11-23 18:41||
#5 Forget the snark, gentlemen. This is a real problem.
The traditional practices have a stranglehold on many African minds. Depending on what the locals believe, the traditional practices may include human sacrifice, blood feuds over supposed murder by witchcraft, and other horrors. Warlords tend to "make witch", as do politicians trying to gain an edge or bribes.
Where Islam is strong in West Africa, the marabouts have tremendous power. A Marabout is a combination of imam and shaman, who frequently runs his sphere of influence through fear. I don't know details of witchcraft in Southern Africa, but variations on the theme permeate the continent.
Churches established by colonial powers have only a nominal influence, and that is mostly in urban areas. Laws against witchcraft won't make much difference either.
Posted by mom 2012-11-23 20:18||
#6 sorry Mom, but snark is all we have. Our comments, opinions, and intellectual conversations won't change a damn thing these people do. We are not of their tribe. We have no influence. Save the moral outrage. I appreciate the information, of course
Posted by Frank G 2012-11-23 21:19||
#7 A Marabout is a combination of imam and shaman
I thought a Marabout was a kind of stork.
Posted by SteveS 2012-11-23 22:19||