By Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey
The 1st e-book at the subject. Covers anarchistic components in conventional African societies, African communalism, “African socialism,” and the after-effects of colonialism.
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Mystical Sex It is also believed that witches can engage in sexual intercourse with their victims during the night. An infected witch will transmit the virus in this mystical encounter without the victim’s knowledge. Corncob It is also believed that the “slimming disease,” as HIV and AIDS are often referred to, is caused by a witch’s muti and a curse smeared on and uttered over a corncob representing the victim. The corncob is then left on a termite nest. As the termites eat away the cob, the victim of the witch begins to waste away as well, showing all the clinical symptoms of HIV and AIDS.
111–112) Smith (1946) therefore concluded that bwanga was the ultimate holy concept for the Ila. It is important to point out that today the word bwanga has acquired a largely pejorative meaning, which it may not formerly have had, not only in Ila society but throughout Zambia. It now refers to a charm, and therefore to a means of acquiring supernatural power, not to be used in the benevolent sense of white magic, but for harmful, illicit, and antisocial purposes. Arguing somewhat in terms of the academic stage theory—that cultures and religions follow different stages of development—Smith believed that missionaries would help the Ila develop from having a spiritual awareness to knowing God (the Supreme Being) and receiving the full light of His revelation in Jesus Christ.
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African Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Sam Mbah, I. E. Igariwey