Mai' - - Mai'!! II [Conclusion].
This is coolbert:
Please do not think that black magic, sorcery, spells, potions, amulets, have disappeared as a weapon of war in sub-Saharan Africa. Mai-Mai related phenomenon DID NOT end with the suppression of the 1964 Simba rebellion in the Congo. Continues UNABATED to this day. Perhaps even more pronounced and ACCEPTED as a legitimate "weapon" of war!!
Consider the case first of Priestess Alice and her band of Ugandan madmen:
* "October, 1987, witnessed the invasion of Uganda by a Voudon [voodoo] priestess, Alice Lakwena, with an army of six thousand, called the Holy Spirit Movement . . . Lakwena smeared her followers with an ointment to grant them protection from bullets."
And even more recently, the case of the Mai-Mai warriors:
* "In 2002, a lightly-armed band of Congolese rebels attacked a capital city airport in a desperate bid to seize a vital military target. They wore magic charms across their bare chests to ward off government bullets."
And lastly we have the story of the cannibal/terrorist/"guerrilla commander" from Liberia, Milton Blahyi:
"Milton Blahyi, a former feared rebel commander in Liberia's brutal civil war, has admitted to taking part in human sacrifices as part of traditional ceremonies intended to ensure victory in battle."
"He said the sacrifices 'included the killing of an innocent child and plucking out the heart, which was divided into pieces for us to eat.'"
"There had been numerous rumours of human sacrifices during the 1979-93 conflict but this is the first time anyone has admitted publicly to the practice."
"Mr. Blahyi, 37, is better known in Liberia as 'General Butt Naked' because he went into combat with no clothes on, to scare the enemy."
[I am so scared!!]
"He is now an Evangelist preacher, who prefers to use the name Joshua."
"Joshua" has now decided to substitute one religion [voodoo/sorcery/black magic] for another. NOW seeks to convert those that need saving!!
Again - - ONLY in Africa?! The combination of modern weaponry, sorcery, black magic, etc., may seem as an extreme paradox to westerners, BUT NOT to the African!!
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