Saturday, January 14, 2017
It never ceases to amaze me the various sources as to provide material for interesting blog entries. Here with one more example. And thanks to Robert.
"Cameroon using witchcraft to fight jihad terrorists of Boko Haram"
"After Biya’s call to employ witchcraft against Boko Haram in January 2016, hundreds of militia fighters rushed to sorcerers, commonly called 'marabouts,' to obtain lucky charms and talismans to protect them in battle."
“'Since I have this gris-gris, I have no problem,' said Mohamad Ahmed, a gym teacher and member of a local militia in Mora, referring to a small cloth bag typically worn around the neck or wrist. Filled with supposedly magic objects and paper inscribed with verses from the Koran, Bible or other holy scriptures, gris-gris originated in Africa but are common among voodoo practitioners in the Caribbean as well. Women often don them for contraception.
“'It is so powerful,' said Ahmed. 'I put it on at the moment I go into the field of fighting. The fetish protects its wearer. If someone shoots at you, the bullets have no effect. They fall on the ground like small pebbles.'”
Ahmed noted that he has not been shot to test the charm, however.
Decades ago during the Simba rebellion in the Congo they called it mai mai.
For it to work you must believe it works? Is that how it is?