Oct 15, 2010

African Magic

For more than 2000 years Christians have been warned not to believe every spirit, for there are two types of spirits: A spirit of TRUTH, and a spirit of ERROR. The true spirit will acknowledge that Jesus Christ, who came in the flesh, is of God, - while the spirit of error, also known as the spirit of the antichrist, will not acknowledge this truth. (See also I John 4 and Deuteronomy 18:10-14)

Witchcraft is one of the many practises associated with the evil spirit of (t)error. In Africa this practise goes hand-in-hand with muti-killings, and other traditional customs, which come directly from satan himself and not from God.

Judging from the many books on the subject of traditional African beliefs, it appears that the mass satanic-media machine of our modern world is going full-steam to convince (brainwash) Christians into believing that they have, through the ages, misinterpreted these age-old cultural beliefs. It has also become quite evident that Christians who refuse to accept and/or admire these customs are, sooner or later, labelled as “racists”, “narrow-minded”, or “religious freaks”. The term “racist” is particularly poplar in countries where Christians and non-Christians have been thrown into the same simmering political pot called democrazy. In my opinion the term  "racist” is nothing more but a modern-day sticky label used by ‘polite’ uninformed people when they cannot find the appropriate words to discredit those who have chosen to follow the spirit of truth.

Far too many modern-day authors are glorifying the spirit of (t)error! I suppose many are doing this unintentionally, in other words, -- in error! Some publications such as Witchcraft, Power And Politics by Isak Niehaus, demonstrate how major African political groups used witchcraft beliefs to further their own agendas. People worldwide have been indoctrinated to believe that these agendas where fighting an evil spirit (apartheid), thus implying indirectly that witchcraft and other ritual customs cannot be evil. However, 16 years after apartheid has been dead and buried the horror still continues. At some point (quite recently) the media realized that they cannot continue blaming apartheid forever, but now it seems as if the mass media have gone blind and deaf to reality (truth).

There is no doubt that the horrifying reality of witchcraft among many of South Africa’s black people is not being fully covered by the media. Modern-day authors seldom mention that witchdoctors need human body parts for their magic potions. Neither do any of these books inform their readers that criminals make a lot of money when they attack innocent people and chop off body parts. The fact that many of their victims are Christians is another disturbing fact that hardly ever gets mentioned. It is unacceptable that we are living in this modern age, in the year 2010, and that we are being forced to tolerate this satanic barbarism that exists practically on my doorstep, here in South Africa! See also in this regard Witchcraft and Crime in South Africa: the Horror Continues, by Shaun Willcock.

African Magic by Heidi Holland is a 2nd revised edition, and may thus not be available at all bookstores at time of posting. Although I have not read the book, I understand from a trusted source that the author has done some meticulous research on the subject.

The following description of this book was taken from Kalahari.net:

Africa's traditional beliefs - including ancestor worship, divination and witchcraft - continue to dominate its spiritual influences. Readers in search of a better understanding of the continent will be enriched by this book's timely exploration of sub-Saharan Africa's natural philosophy. The author's meticulous research reveals that, whereas technology-driven western societies prefer to rely largely on logical explanations, many Africans continue to obey their intuition, trusting in images, dreams and divination to rationalise misfortune and illness. African magic explains why so many Africans understand the relationship between people and unfortunate events not through the western concept of chance in the case of accidents, or germ theory in the case of illness, but through belief in witchcraft. The title records a collection of true stories which illustrate this traditional belief system, placing them in their contemporary and historical contexts. Included are the famous Malawian diviner whose prophecies were considered so accurate that people flocked from neighbouring countries to consult him; a group of western-trained Mozambican psychologists who successfully refined cross-cultural therapy by working with traditional healers to combat post-traumatic stress syndrome among child soldiers; Ghanaian and Zimbabwean 'witches' living in a nightmare world where popular belief becomes their reality; and a Zambian archbishop whose attempt to embrace traditional African beliefs provoked serious conflict within his Christian church.

Publisher: The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
Author: Heidi Holland
ISBN: 9780143527350
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

This book is unfortunately not available at Amazon.com yet, but can be pre-ordered at Kalahari.net.