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(News Anti-Witchcraft Laws Revoked

Zimbabwe repeals century old Colonial-era laws banning witchcraft and the government accepts that the supernatural exists.

Witchcraft Ban Ends in Zimbabwe (BBC News Onine; Sunday 2nd July 2006)

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replicantlizard
Jul. 3rd, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
Well that's progress:/

We should invade and run the country properly - well better anyway.
cavalorn
Jul. 3rd, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, you're now allowed to believe that your woes were caused by someone else's malignant magic. And they can be punished for it, legally.

Make no mistake, this is a serious step backward.
angusabranson
Jul. 3rd, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
In a country like Zimbabwe it is a serious step back. Superstition can run riot, we've not only seen that in our own history but more recently in many places in Africa and south-east Asia (the recent vampire killings by armed mobs killing any strangers they didn't recognise because of a spate of unexplained illnesses).

The worst cases I've heard of were the raping of children in (I think) Nigeria were popular superstition claimed that by having sex with a virgin child would cure you of Aids. A similiar superstition ran through South Africa but involved White women as opposed to children.
cavalorn
Jul. 3rd, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, and it's not witchcraft that was banned. It was ACCUSATION of witchcraft. The law prevented people from claiming to have supernatural powers and from accusing anyone else of using the same to cause harm. Now that that's gone, people can use good old fashioned methods to heal, such as identifying the witch who made you impotent, or pointing out your six year old child as the witch who has made you bald.
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