Archive for December, 2015

Black magic – Toil and trouble – Superstition and secrecy – The Economist

Black magic – Toil and trouble

Superstition and secrecy have created a problem police are struggling to tackle

IT WAS during a rehearsal in the Arc Pentecostal church in Stratford, east London, that Samuel Taveres first noticed one of his choristers was possessed by a demon. Approaching cautiously, the young preacher asked the demon’s name. It had an answer ready, using familiar words from an exorcism scene in the New Testament: “I am legion”. “This meant,” says Mr Tavares, “that a lot of different demons were in there.” The choir spent the rest of the day praying and commanding the spirits to leave the woman, who was also schizophrenic. It was a struggle, says Mr Tavares, “and I’m not sure she is fully delivered even now.”

Such dramas are not unusual in Pentecostal churches: many offer weekly exorcisms. The faith, popular among Britain’s African and Brazilian populations, as well as many white Britons, was the country’s fastest-growing Christian denomination in 2005-15. But a connection to child abuse in some startup African Pentecostal churches is troubling the police.

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Nothing to fear… …but four itself

Nothing to fear… …but four itself

THE lift at 1009 Expo Blvd in Vancouver goes directly from the 12th floor to the 15th. The omission of the 13th caters to Western superstitions. The absent 14th acknowledges an Eastern anxiety. The numeral four sounds in Mandarin and Cantonese like the word for death. Fourteen sounds like “certain death”; 24 is “easy death”. 1009 Expo is missing the fourth, 24th and 34th floors as well.  Continue reading

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter beaten – Global image for domestic abuse

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter beaten, blinded by boyfriend

MEG WAGNERNEW YORK DAILY NEWS 11/17/2015 1:39 PM ET

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Josina Machel, the daughter of Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel, said a brutal domestic attack left her blind in one eye.

Nelson Mandela’s stepdaughter said her boyfriend viciously beat her on her mom’s birthday — a ruthless attack that left her blind in one eye.

Josina Machel — the daughter of the late South African revolutionary’s widow, Graça Machel — said her beau was furious that she wanted to sleep over with her mother on the matriarch’s 70th birthday.

“I’m still going through myriad feelings. To be honest, I have not been able to grieve. I have not been able to cry. I have not been angry. I have not been able to feel all those emotions that happened because I’ve been concentrating on my eye,” she told South Africa’s City Press.

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