Sunday, 30 October 2005

Anglican Church distances itself from attacker

He said Galani had told his interrogators that he wanted to stop the ceremony as the elders who were installing Kikwete were bogus Sukuma elders.

’He said that he wanted to stop the installation ceremony because people who were conducting the exercise were not chiefs, but mere traditional healers,’ he said....

The RPC further said that when inspected, Galani was found to be in possession of a number of talismanic material (hirizi) of varying colours and sizes, a piece of black cloth and 56, 960/- cash.

’When we interrogated him, he said the witchcraft concoctions belonged to a traditional healer who he gave his as Nzaki Jamal Abdallah or Lutano Severino.

The healer is a resident of Kiloleli on the outskirts of Mwanza city. We have arrested Severino.

Who finances the witch-burnings in africa? What am I talking about? Why am I linking to this? read this:

In one decade alone, (1991 to 2001), Tanzania had 20,000 persons accused of witchcraft, murdered by her citizenry--a disproportionate number of the suspected witches were female octogenarians. Tanzania's Ministry of Home Affairs claimed that 5,000 victims of witch lynching were murdered between 1994 and 1998, all suspected by fellow Tanzanians of magical high jinks.[7] Red eyes, believed to be the mark of a witch, sparked many of these tragic neighborhood witch-hunts. Apparently, many Tanzanian women possess red eye color due to the smoke of their cooking fires.[8] If the execution of grandmothers isn't horrific enough; trials by ordeal are making a comeback as the means of identifying a person as either a witch or sorcerer. During the nineteenth century, thousands of Africans were killed in trials by ordeal, by something known as the poison oracle. (From 1828 to 1861, over 200,000 persons were killed in poison ordeals administered by the Medina ruling class of Madagascar.[9] One of the greatest witch slaughters in world history, this witch paranoia depopulated entire Malagasy villages and towns.) Currently, in Eastern Africa, to prove their innocence, accused witches aren't subjected to the poison ordeal, but the "witch" is given a sporting chance to retrieve a bracelet from a pot of boiling water. The theory behind this practice is that an innocent party won't receive burn marks on his, or her, arms. The unlucky ones failing the ordeal have a nail driven through their head or they are administered some other form of ghastly execution--usually a death sentence via benzene fire.[10]
source: The Witch Killers of Africa (2003)
Richard Petraitis

now read this 'historical document'

Supernatural Counterinsurgency in the Congo

The American University
5010 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016

SORO/CINFAC/6-64 8 August 1964


James R. Price
Paul Jureidini

This unusual document, "Witchcraft, Sorcery, Magic, and Other Psychological Phenomena, and Their Implications on Military and Paramilitary Operations in the Congo," was prepared for the U.S. Army in 1964. The report is a treatise on paranormal combat, discussing "counter-magic" tactics to suppress rebels who are backed by witch-doctors, charms, and magic potions....

Any study of historical examples of uprisings supported by superstitious practices, however, will reveal that vigorous military counter-measures of a conventional nature have produced optimum results in suppressing the insurgency. If there are substantial political or economic motives behind the uprisings, these naturally must be taken into account. The reference here is to military tactics and their effects against magic.

(the empire never ended)

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