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The Supernatural

Happy New Year everyone, it has been a while since I have motivated to blog, so here we go :)

There is a particular issue that scares the daylights out of me and this is juju (voodoo). This is a common thing in many cultures and is just tradition. Black magic (juju/voodoo) is as embedded into African culture like religion is.

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This weekend my parents told me a story about a man who is being rumored to be trafficking body parts in Malawi and is not only the richest man but a bishop as well. I was struggling to understand this story because I don't know very much about this dark hidden world. As my parents explained it, people go to seek a witch doctor (nganga) for success, power and money. So in this case, even though this man seems like a business man to me and probably most of the Western world, to some Africans he uses black magic to get his fortune even though that might mean a life is lost. If you want to read more about this, check out this article

This article I read is about single or married women who seek black magic in order to keep a relationship or find love and stop their men from cheating. Yeah, I know it sounds unbelievable but people still continue to go, the way I look at it, its like going to a psychic to get some sort of enlightenment. On whether it works or not, that is a true mystery to me.

As I continued to discuss this with my parents, I was left in a state of shock whereas they were completely calm and seemed so used to it. My mother even told me that sometimes it gets very extreme and an example she used was of a man who killed his daughter because the witch doctor said it would bring him success in his business. YIKES!!!!

I would love to hear any stories you might have in relation to this topic because even though it completely scares me, I am so fascinated, so please drop a comment :)


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