A Country That Still Believes in Shamanism

For Western society, witchcraft and black magic exist only in fairy tales, the fictional forms of entertainment in films such as “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings” are examples of witchcraft in western eyes. In other parts of the country, even though it has entered the 21st century, there are still people who participate in the hunt for witch doctors and persecute people who are believed to have witchcraft. Most of them come from countries in Africa, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Two countries are known to be members of the big country, the G20. Believe it or not, Saudi Arabia’s police institutions do have anti-witchcraft units and witch doctors. According to care2.com, the law was enacted to hunt down and imprison people (women, in particular) suspected of practicing witchcraft and the like. One suspect was executed in 2007 and another died in prison while awaiting the verdict of the alleged crime.

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Tanzania is a country of many very different beliefs. One of the beliefs of the so-called shaman in this East African country is that albino limbs are good ingredients for magic potions. As a result, albinos in Tanzania face widespread persecution. According to a BBC report, an albino woman was found dead in May 2014 in a village called Gamma. Two witch doctors were suspected of committing heinous crimes and were immediately arrested. How can a country overcome the inhuman practice of witch doctors if its president commits such a gruesome act?

Articles that appeared in The Telegraph in 2012 and care2.com in 2013 reported on a similar incident that occurred in the Gambia. It is said that by confusing state affairs with witchcraft, Yahyah Jammeh captured 1,000 of his citizens who were considered to be shamans and ordered them to drink hallucinogenic potions to expel evil spirits from their bodies. At least six died in the strange ritual.