(RNS) — The dark side of the country's widespread belief in witchcraft is that people are quick to blame supposed conjurers — mostly older women —for their misfortunes.
Tag - Tanzania
ZANZIBAR -- As Tanzania’s government continues its LGBTQI+ crackdown campaign, sexual and gender minorities devise new survival strategies to avoid arrest and discrimination.
(RNS) — In Africa, river baptism is popular, particularly among the Pentecostal and charismatic churches.
MOSHI, Tanzania (RNS) There is a gruesome trade for body parts of people with albinism in some parts of Africa because of local superstitions that they possess magical properties and can make people rich.
Churches attack bike lanes for "burdening" their religious freedom as Saint Barbie leads a plastic revolution in Argentina. Savor every word of this last ever recap as I say “so long” to On Freedom.
Cannabis churches are billowing out across America. Chicken huggers are suing to keep ritual bird blood off Brooklyn’s sidewalks. And a South African prophet is being prosecuted for turning congregants into snakes and snakes into chocolate.
An Indian state bans the sale and possession of beef. Tanzanians murder “witches” accused of murdering “magical albinos.” And Ireland nearly outlaws straight marriage, on accident. Who needs April Fools’ Day when reality is this strange?
Of course not. When acting on your beliefs extinguishes another’s right to life, you lose.
TABORA, Tanzania (RNS) Vigilante villagers are attacking women they believe are witches responsible for the murders of albinos, whose white skin some believe possess magical powers.
(RNS) The witch doctors reportedly fueled the killings by inducing local people to believe “magic potions” made from body parts brought good luck and wealth.
(RNS) Tensions between Zanzibar’s majority Muslim population and its minority Christian residents have intensified in recent years.
(RNS) Some clerics said Obama’s statements on gays spoiled the welcome religious leaders and their followers could have accorded the first African-American president.