Talk:Bullying, Voodoo and NPMR Assisted Bullying

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If I understood right, this impressive post talks about influences effected on, and received by, particular individuals alone. Living in Africa, I have been able to collect some unquestionable evidences with regard to the deep level at which convictions having to do with the actual existence of these 'black powers' are rooted. I know, in fact, of women working in Spain and coming from Central-Africa countries who send periodically non-negligible amounts of money to practitioners residing in their native countries, since otherwise they fear, or, better said, are sure, that such black powers will fall over them. Of course these women are warned by the practitioners before leaving their countries. But not so far away as Central Africa, but here in Northern Morocco, stories of this sort are quite common. Yet of the variety of cases I have directly witnessed here, ranging from deaths to more or less grave psychical disturbances, and passing through all sort of machinations in order to arrange marriages between the 'client' and the 'victim', the true cause of the otherwise evident 'result' has been always conveyed by third persons, as never I have seen the practitioners at the very moment in which they were performing the required 'hocus-pocus'. But now my interest would be to know whether such type of black magic activities might affect, as someones say, not a single victim, but a given social group as such. I could imagine a state of things in which the process whereby African victims became so much fearful, with the corresponding mental alienation, could be done at a wider scale, particularly by means of our modern digital mass-media, so that some particular societies, and even the whole 'average humankind', could be subject to such a manipulation whose benefit would be of the same nature as that envisaged by these tribal practitioners we are talking about.

Carlos

Edit: February, 22, 2015

Some time has passed through and now I become aware that when the above comment was made my thought about Voodoo was informed by a rather common misunderstanding coming from similarly misleading reports we ordinarily have been used to pay attention to. Taken as a whole, Voodoo can by no means be restricted to a black art or sorcery, this side being but a mere part of such whole. Voodoo, like Santa Caterina and Candomblé from Brazil, Cuba’s Santería and others, are all derivatives of the Yoruba religion and other spiritual systems from Central African countries like Benin, Zaire, Angola, Nigeria, etc. and includes myths and legends, songs, stories and other cultural components. Hence I would suggest to make the pertinent corrections in the writing to which this comment concerns.

Carlos