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Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive
From Manesh Shrestha, CNN
updated 11:36 AM EST, Sat February 18, 2012
A shaman accused Dhegani Mahato of casting a spell to make a relative sick
Mahato's family members set her afire in front of her daughter, police say
Police arrested 10 people, including an 8-year-old boy
Map of Nepal showing the location of the remote village of Madi where the woman was burned alive (AFP/Graphic)
Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) -- A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.
Dhegani Mahato was attacked and set on fire by family members and others after a shaman allegedly accused her of casting a spell to make one of her relatives sick, Police Officer Hira Mani Baral said.
The attack occurred Friday in Bagauda in Chitwan district, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, Baral said by telephone.
Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.
"Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder," Baral said.
Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said.
She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report.
Neighbors told police they were alerted to the attack but by then it was too late to save her.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appealed to the people not to heed to shamans and faith healers.
The government announced 1 million Nepalese rupees (about $14,000) in compensation for Mahato's two children.
Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft and burned alive
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A FORMER DEVIL WORSHIPER in Swaziland says she gave BIRTH to a seven-headed snake during her exorcism!
According to the Swazi Observer, Patience Tsabedze, a 27-year-old mother of two, who says she served the devil “in a very high rank” for seven years, suffered a “horrific” deliverance last week witnessed by her husband, who works as a police officer, his fellow officers, and a pastor who performed the exorcism.
Over the course of weeks, “Patience vomited gallons of blood, three live starfish and 20 ordinary fish, a dead rat, over 700 worms and other gory items. Her ears also excreted millipedes,” according to reports in the Swazi Observer.
But the horror scene didn’t end there, Patience says she later suffered severe “labor pains” and “gave birth” to a live snake.
“It was my first time seeing such a snake, a seven-headed one with glittering eyes. I tried to kill it but it hid inside the toilet so we decided to flush it,” her husband told the Times of Swaziland.
Despite no longer worshiping the devil, Patience says she still suffers attacks by demons.
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Today is a day to delve deep into the darkness of San Francisco. While at times I’d like to feel that I’m the qualified source for this topic, I’m not. I wanted to write a piece about Anton Szandor LaVey, a man who in the mid 60′s stepped out into the media spotlight with a look not unlike Vladimir Lenin which, was not the best looks to have during the cold war, yet he was a beloved member of San Francisco’s infamous crowd that helped put San Francisco a little more present in the societies of the strange that helped make us what we are today.Today is a day to delve deep into the darkness of San Francisco. While at times... more
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By Christian Purefoy, CNN
August 25, 2010 5:09 p.m. EDT
Photo: Godswill was abandoned by his mom after being called a witch
Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria (CNN) -- Just after midnight, the pastor seized a woman's forehead with his large hand and she fell screaming and writhing on the ground. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" shouted the worshippers, raising their hands in the air.
Pastor Celestine Effiong's congregants are being delivered from what they firmly believe to be witchcraft. And in the darkness of the city and the villages beyond, similar shouts and screams echo from makeshift church to makeshift church.
"I have been delivered from witches and wizards today!" exclaimed one exhausted-looking woman.
Pastors in southeast Nigeria claim illness and poverty are caused by witches who bring terrible misfortune to those around them. And those denounced as witches must be cleansed through deliverance or cast out.
As daylight breaks, and we travel out to the rural villages it becomes apparent the most vulnerable to this stigmatization of witchcraft are children.
A crowd gathered around two brothers and their sister. Tears streamed down their mother's face as she cast out her children from the family, accusing them of causing the premature deaths of two of their siblings with black magic.
I was beaten by the prophet in the church.
--Samuel, 15, now homeless
"I am afraid. They are witches and they can kill me as well," she sobbed.
Taking his time to talk to the mother, Sam Ikpe-Itauma, an imposing man wearing a "Child's Rights & Rehabilitation Network" t-shirt, has come to try to rescue the three children.
"If we are not here there's a possibility of them being thrown into the river, buried alive or stabbed to death," Sam said.
He tries to persuade their mother and a crowd of villagers that the three children are not witches - but no one believes him. And so, putting the children in his white pick-up, he drives away to his orphanage and safety.
Sam runs Child's Rights & Rehabilitation Network, or CRARN -- an orphanage that supports nearly 200 children. All of them were accused of witchcraft and cast out by their families, often after being tortured. The orphanage provides security, healthcare, nutrition and counseling.
Godwin's story is typical. As he sat next to the quiet 5-year-old, Sam said that after Godwin's mother died, the church pastor told his family that "Godwin is responsible."
From his own investigation, questioning Godwin and talking with neighbors, Sam said that when a relative asked Godwin if he was a witch, "he said no and was beaten and made the confession that he actually killed the mother."
Sam said Godwin was locked up with his mother's corpse every night for three weeks with little food or water before a neighbor contacted Sam, who was able to rescue him.
Witches and wizards, they started getting afraid. I never gave them rest.
--Pastor Helen Ukpabio
Other children at his orphanage bear the scars of being beaten, attacked with boiling water, and cuts from machetes. But these children are the ones lucky to be alive.
"A child witch is said to be a witch when that child possessed with certain spiritual spells capable of making that child transform into cat, snake, vipers, insects, any other animal and that child is capable of wreaking havoc like killing of people, bringing diseases, misfortune into the family," Sam said.
"When a child is accused of being a witch -- that child is hated absolutely by everybody surrounding him so such children are sent out of the home... But unfortunately such children do not always live long. A lot of them, they're either killed, abandoned by the parents, tortured in the church or trafficked out of the city."
Sam doesn't believe in witchcraft and is trying to raise awareness in local communities now gripped by hysteria.
Belief in witchcraft is rooted in centuries of tradition, but it's only in the last 10 years, that it has become associated with child abuse, he said.
"It's a social crisis," he added. "Poverty propels this child witch phenomenon and poverty is a twin sister to ignorance.
"Most vulnerable children come from single parents, divorced parents, dysfunctional families."
But the orphanage has very little space for more children. Overstretched finances mean he can barely pay a skeleton staff of four people, as well as feed the children.
Instead, many children are left to roam the streets.
"My parents sent me out of the house -- said I'm a witch," said Samuel, a 15-year-old who has lived on the streets for five years after a local pastor blamed him for unexpected deaths in the family.
"I was beaten by the prophet in the church," he said in a quiet voice.
Samuel lives in an abandoned building with 10 other children accused of witchcraft. A local group, 'Stepping Stones Nigeria,' which is dedicated to helping street children, visits them.
"Religious leaders capitalize on the ignorance of some parents in the villages just to make some money off them," said Lucky Inyang, project coordinator for 'Stepping Stones Nigeria'.
"They can say your child is a witch and if you bring the child to the church we can deliver the child but eventually they don't deliver the children... The parents go back to the pastor and say, 'why is it you have not been able to deliver the child' and the pastor says 'Oh - this one has gone past deliverance - they've eaten too much flesh so you have to throw the child out.'"
CONTINUED…By Christian Purefoy, CNN
August 25, 2010 5:09 p.m. EDT
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Mexico's Holy Death, The cult of La Santa Muerte began as a sect of the Roman Catholic Church within Mexico. Her altars and shrines join the millions through out Mexico already dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and St. Jude. As her popularity spread beyond Mexico’s borders to US cities and as far south as Argentina, it was time to intervene. Pope John Paul II deemed her believers as devil worshipers and refused to recognise her as a saint, but this has had no effect in deterring her followers. The origins of La Santa Muerte are not completely clear but the most widely accepted story seems to date back to pre-Hispanic times. It is believed she derived from the Aztec goddess of death Mictecacíhuatl, mistress to Mictlantecuhtli, Lord of the land of the dead. This goddess seems to have morphed since the Spanish inquisition into a grim reaper like figure worshiped by millions, living on the fringes of society. Followers include members of the notorious gang, Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), members of the Mexican Drug Cartels to lowly vendors and street kids of Mexico City.
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50 Cent reveals some details about new album Black Magic
G-Unit leader 50 Cent has revealed recent work on his Before I Self Destruct follow-up album and said he is attempting to experiment outside the realm of hip-hop.
According to Fif, the upcoming album will be called Black Magic.
"I actually recorded three songs," Fif revealed to interviewer Jonas Pettersen. "I had this idea, I went to a nightclub, afterparty, and it was a different kind of music going on there a little while before I actually got there. You know they play your music when you come, but the music they played before, they started playing material I created, which was more uptempo, more dance. I wanted to make a song like that so I went to the studio because I'm traveling with my live band, I took the band with me and we sequenced it and recorded the actual record while I was out there. I did two of the songs I had production for and I had been writing those songs for a while so I finished them and actually recorded them while I was out here...Black Magic project, I'm excited about it. It has a different vibe, I won't allow myself to be placed in a box where I can only do one style or do one kind of music...If they can understand how I enjoy different genres of music, for the people who have various tastes, they'll really like it." (Most Hated TV 81)
The rapper's latest album reached gold status last January.
50 Cent has another Gold certified album on his hands. The rapper's 2009 effort "Before I Self Destruct" was recently certified Gold by the RIAA due to sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Led by the single "Baby By Me," 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" closed out a strong decade of hit albums and singles for him. (Examiner)
It also became the number one iTunes release last November.
50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct, which was yesterday exclusively on the iTunes Store, has already skyrocketed to the number one spot on iTunes' album chart. iTunes customers can purchase the album as a deluxe version with two exclusive tracks and iTunes LP, which includes 90-minute gritty coming-of-age film Before I Self Destruct, written, directed and starring Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent); the Two Turntables And A Microphone: The Life And Death Of Jam Master Jay documentary about 50 Cent's late mentor and friend. (Press Release)
50 previously spoke on dealing with the project leaking online weeks prior to its official release.
"All you gotta do is get the response," Fif explained to radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. "The response is so well, so good, that I know the record is a hit. So whether the consumed it from actually purchasing it or they got it off the web or wherever they got it from, when they hear it and enjoy it, they end up at the show. How can I focus on album sales now when it's to the point where my record is released four weeks before schedule. The marketing, everything that's planned to sell the actual record, is happening four weeks late, now that the record is out a month early. You know, those things are happening after they had an opportunity to hear it and it's confirmation to the doubters that the record wouldn't be good." ("Jenny Boom Boom TV")
No further details have been released as of now.50 Cent reveals some details about new album Black Magic
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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a black goat slaughtered at his house almost every day to ward off "evil eyes" and protect him from "black magic," a newspaper reported Wednesday.
A spokesman for the president told the Dawn newspaper the goats were slaughtered as an act of Sadaqah -- meaning "voluntary charity" in Islam whereby one gives out money or the meat of a slaughtered animal to the poor to win Allah's blessing and stave off misfortune.
"It has been an old practice of Mr Zardari to offer Sadaqah. He has been doing this for a long time," the spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, told the paper.
Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim country where many of the well-off offer Sadaqah. Though Muslim, many people also follow certain superstitious practices.
Hundreds of goats had been sacrificed at Zardari's house since he was sworn in September 2008, the Dawn newspaper reported.
It said Zardari's detractors would see in his "new-found religiosity" a sign of nervousness in the face of growing woes.
Zardari, who rose to power after the assassination of his wife, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, in late 2007, has become increasingly unpopular and faces a range of problems from Islamist militancy to a stagnant economy and political rivalry.
A Supreme Court ruling last month throwing out an amnesty for Zardari, several top aides and thousands of political activists and government figures triggered a political storm and expectation that Zardari was on his way out.
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE60Q48S20100127?loomia_ow=t0:s0:a49:g43:r3:c0.122340:b30083938:z0ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has a black goat... more
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Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.
Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.
"The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car. They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat," Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.... more
A number of children have been killed by witchcraft in a small village in Sierra Leone. Witch hunters have been hired to find and exorcise the witch responsible.A number of children have been killed by witchcraft in a small village in Sierra... more
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