Monday, 4 February 2008

Witch killings among the Sukuma

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Simeon Mesaki

Witchcraft is intrinsic to the Sukuma system of belief and way of life. It is rooted in their whole system of knowledge and morality.

The Sukuma recognise various types of witchcraft, which are always thought of as deliberately planned.

The most prevalent and most feared form involves the insertion of poison, i.e. harmful medicines (bulisiwa) into food and drink as DR. Simeon Mesaki explains.

Bupandya is another notorious variety of witchcraft, which involves placing harmful substances where an intended victim will come into contact with, road or paths.

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