Saturday, October 6, 2012

Primitive Africa: An estimated 600 elderly African women were killed in 2011 due to the suspicion that they were witches, according to the Legal and Human Rights Center in Tanzania

Sixty percent of Tanzanians believe that sacrifices to ancestors or spirits can protect them from harm and many African Christians and Muslims incorporate elements of traditional African beliefs into their daily lives. Dark arts flourished in Tanzania partly because, compared to its neighbors, it was less colonized by European powers. For centuries, witchcraft has served to explain anything inexplicable, in rural Tanzanian villages like a severely sick child or strange illness.

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