The Use of Witchcraft in Modern Tanzania

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Introduction Witchcraft has been rampant in various parts of Africa. However, the practice of witchcraft has been on the decline in modern society as compared to the period before the rise of colonialism (Toyin 250). In most part of Africa, there is a conglomeration of tribal healers, sorcerers, and wizard considered having different forms of powers in controlling the fate of society (Toyin 209). Consequently, this has led to the emergence of thousands of practitioners in different parts of Africa. The magic practitioners claim to have enormous powers such as the ability to create rains in times of drought, power to expel evil spirits, to recover lost things, and even to make one healthy (Sanders 338). On the other hand, this has led to the believers by millions of Africans on the monotheistic faith. In fact, most of the Africans believe the magicians have power over nature by the use of a spell or hidden incantations (Petraitis 1). Consequently, this has led to some of the communities lag behind in terms of development as the practice continues to be entrenched in the systems (Green and Mesaki 343). Moreover, the practice has been associated with the poor state of the economy in places that it is widely practiced. The practice has remained prevalent in Africa and Tanzania society (Toyin 297). For example, in the last two decades, thousands of Tanzania have been accused on witchcraft and even murdered by citizens due to the archaic practices (Petraitis 1). In the region, the practice is widespread among the female octogenarians. Moreover, those who practice witchcraft are believed to have certain characteristics such as Red eyes (Petraitis 1). The mark has been used notably in Tanzania to lynch octogenarians believed to pract... ... middle of paper ... .... Web. 03 November 2013. . Missionlights. “Modern Tanzania Witch-Hunting.” Over-blog.com. Web. 03 November 2013. . Petraitis, Richard. “The Witch Killers of Africa (2003).” Infidels.org. Web. 03 November 2013. . Sanders, Todd. “Reconsidering Witchcraft: Postcolonial Africa”. American Anthropologist 105.2 (2003): 338-352. Print Southern Africa’s Children. “Horrific African Witchcraft Is Big Business in Tanzania.” Southern-Africas-children.org. < http://www.southern-africas-children.org.uk/african-witchcraft.html>. Toyin, Falola. “The Power of African Cultures.” Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom: University of Rochester Press, 2003. Print

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