Are Africans superstitious or too spiritual?

Africans are very superstitious, so the superstitions in Africa, usually, is a part of everyday life.

Today, the sudden death of an individual that appears perfectly healthy is put down to the works of a brotherhood of soul eaters; failure of a clever child at school or at an exam, is considered the responsibility of a jealous co-wife or uncle who has stolen their chances.

Growing up do you remember hearing that an itchy palm means you are going to receive money soon? Or stepping on a crack can break your mother’s back? Or dreaming of fish means someone you know is pregnant?

In our technologically savvy times some of these are regarded as foolish wives tales, but superstition was part of a legitimate belief system amongst many Africans even to this day. There are many people who can attest that they have seen and know Black magical conjurers that that not only can but have healed the sick, performed spells and curses, and taught others these superstitions.

13414145450397199316.jpgThere are many superstitions African people believe in

Although many typically won’t admit they are superstitious. There are many superstitions African people believe in because of how deeply ingrained they are in African culture.

I had a very interesting conversation with my dear friend a Zambian gospel artist and musician the other day about how most Africans are either very superstitious or extremely spiritual. “There are a few in the grey area she argued.”

This conversation was consequence of a tragic death of Christo Chitamfya Jr. a popular Zambian socialite who tragically died in a fatal car crash.

Warning the video below has graphic images of a fatal road accident  those of a nervous disposition are advised not to view

Death is never something that is accepted as something that just happens in most parts of Africa. There is always a witch hunt. Questions will be asked. But this is not just limited to death, even wealth is questioned. When one becomes rich Africans all to often become suspicious of that individual and tales and rumours swell quickly. He or she is getting too rich to quickly, they must be an occultist connection somewhere. Often times blood money is the conclusion.

Modern day prophets the new witchdoctors

Africans are indeed a superstitious lot. Very fearful of death and witchcraft. This has given rise to the so-called modern day prophets. (Witch-doctors in suits) charlatans in my reckoning.

This new breed of witch doctors has strengthened the mystery of superstition and they have capitalised on the vulnerable and fearful making serious money in the process.

African superstition is related to witches. With regards witchcraft in Africa, mostly the accused are women and even children. It is believed that the witches have night meetings in the forests and seas. Then they agree on how to hurt people. 

This common belief is what fuels most of the charlatans. Most of the fear filled Africans seek protection to counteract witches. The charlatan prophets play on this in their churches by inciting incredible fear on their congregates. A new dimension is thrown into play. The spiritual demon and all other spiritual creatures. 

Africans Blame the witch

Throughout the history of the village in Africa, witches were blamed for the strong winds, drought, infertility, illness, hunger, misery and all other disasters. And so it was interesting to see what Zambians made of the death of Christo.

Social media was abuzz with all sorts of stories. Some suggesting that the young man had been initiated into some cult, by some character known as ‘Seer1’.

It was also claimed that Christo’s head had turned into a snake. An assortment of other insensitive claims where made. But that is modern day Africa for you. 

Man whose penis is continuously growing

Meanwhile in Zimbabwe pictures of a man whose penis is continuously growing have been circulating on social media. It is claimed that Josphat Mapfunde a teacher at Chisunga School in Guruve in Zimbabwe’s Mashonaland Central province is in a very dangerous and painful predicament  his penis grew to an abnormal size after bedding one of the villagers wife. Mapfunde who has been a teacher at Chisunga School for the past three years is reportedly to have had illict affairs with at least a dozen  married women from the surronding area of Chisunga not to mention other single ladies of the area. 

Villagers believe Mapfunde finally went to bed with a woman who had been “locked” by her husband. The man is said to work in South Africa. The mind boggles “locked” how? This is perhaps a singularity unique to the African man.

 Are Africans justified in being superstitious and super spiritual?

In Africa, the perception of the supernatural seems so natural that it is the natural that becomes supernatural. The consequence is that everyone always tries to find an irrational explanation to every phenomenon. And, when a satisfactory explanation cannot be found, the cause is attributed to the mood of a divinity. Are the gods annoyed by the infringement of a customary law? The charlatan prophets  have built on these common beliefs and will claim that outside their spiritual covering you are in danger of all sorts of demonic attack and harm.

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