- Is witchcraft myth or reality? Do witches and Demons actually exist or are they imaginary entities?
- Traditionally, African people attribute anything they do not understand (or do not want to understand), any incident or occurrence they are unable to explain, to witchcraft.
- Due to this strong belief in things that go bump in the night, certain practices like ritual sacrifice, which involves the killing of animals and sometimes human beings and using their body parts to prepare some mixture, or perform a ceremony is still practised. This is done in the belief that the mixture or ceremony will placate or sway the imagined supernatural forces.
- In some cases Africans associate certain traits or behaviour like stubbornness, talking in your sleep, sleep walking, aging, albinism, and hallucination, with magical powers.
- It is also believed that the body parts from someone who has albinism carries more power and thus the spell to be used or the mixture is far stronger.
- This misconception is common among the so called African elite and is at the root of the problems associated with belief in witchcraft in Africa.
- Most Africans still hold onto this irrational belief and harmful practice. Millions of people continue to suffer and die as a result of witchcraft accusation and related injustices. Ritual killings or murders for body part medicine and for the use in witchcraft are still wide spread today.
- People can suspect anyone of engaging in witchcraft, it is mostly vulnerable members of the population who are openly accused, confronted and persecuted. In Malawi women with grey hairs and red eyes are branded witches. Old women, particularly those who are childless, are often accused of witchcraft in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Burkina Faso and Tanzania. In Congo DRC, Nigeria, Angola, Central Africa Republic, children are branded witches and wizards.
- Witchcraft accusation is a social poison, it is a silent killer in Africa, and is the beginning of a process that leads to torture, persecution, maltreatment and, sometimes, death of the accused. See 10 as an example.
- In 2004 a Nigerian killing of 27 men and women took place due to the belief they were witches and warlocks. They were forced to drink a mixture that was expected to detect witches. All of them died, leaving the superstition that witches do die of the mixed drink.
On a lighter note:
- “Devils Pool” that features in Blood Demon: Revenge exists and during the drier months of the year, May to October, it is possible to walk along the lip of the falls. This can only be done from the Zambian side. After thousands of years of erosion, many rock pools have formed and “Devils Pool” has formed right on the edge of the sheer drop.
- It takes a rocky walk and a swim in the Zambezi to reach the pool, and when the level of the water drops, the natural rock walls of the pool come close enough to the surface to form a barrier and stop swimmers from being carried away. The rock lip will halt anyone as the raging waters of the Zambezi crash over the cliffs a few feet away, down over the precipice; a hundred meter drop.
- Over 500 million litres’ of water a minute cascade over the almost 2 km wide falls, causing a deafening and spectacular explosion of spray that can be seen from 30 miles away. This is why it is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya or The Smoke that Thunders.
Reviews for Blood Demon
One of the best follow ups to a series I have ever read. Revenge is high on the mind of the new culprit in this third book. And the revenge he brings forth on our heroes is a great and powerful Demon that knows the group all too well!! A perfect blend of traditional magic and new world ideas!!
Review by: Sub01 on Jan. 24, 2015 :
What a fantastic finish to a Trilogy. No gaps, nothing left to chance. The three books left me wanting more. His characters are so believable and you find yourself rooting for them. I finished this book, feeling like I had been taken on a wild ride. In one word to sum up his writing, GREAT.
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- Message My Review for Blood Demon. Once again I was amaze of the depth of Paul Zunckel he comes up with another head turner. Alexander paw 5 stars