posted on Jun, 7 2011 @ 05:06 AM
The really amazing thing is that Christian pastors believe in the same things.
At least the white pastors aren't involved in burning or killing people, but they do believe in the reality of these black traditions, and also that
they have the unique authority through Jesus to exorcise it.
So it's not just black tribes.
American-styled charismatic Christians see this all as very real demonic activity.
Even the local "occult expert" Dr. Kobus Jonker believes in the tokoloshe (see third post in my thread
). Such people are given great status in the white community, even by the media. Another trope is
that the longer one spends studying African customs, the more real it becomes. Cops who investigate Muti crimes often feel intimidated by the
witchdoctors they are investigating.
I suppose the witchcraft is often a metaphoric way to expose crime and abuse in a community.
If one reads between the lines, one can imagine that the pastor molested a female.
The Zion church is actually a pretty traditional fusion of Christian and African customs, and not what Westerners would normally see as a
What is more dangerous than such localized incidences is charismatic black pastors fusing African and Christian style demonology. Nobody can ever tell
how Christianized they really are, and they may interpret the messages of missionaries in unintended ways.
So because of American missionaries children in Nigeria have had acid poured down their throats in exorcisms, and many have been orphaned after being
accused of witchcraft.