Sunday, August 11, 2013

Slavery, witchcraft and fear

The institution of slavery robbed Africa of many millions of able and creative people over hundreds of years. It was organised from outside and profited outsiders. But there was also a direct connection between slavery and witchcraft beliefs and practices: convicted and suspected witches, if not killed in the poison ordeals, were sold into slavery. The institution of slavery made it possible to get rid of undesirable people in society and even to gain a marginal profit by the sell-off. The images of witchcraft up to today resemble that of slavery: victims of witchcraft are being controlled, used and sacrificed by the witches and have their life-blood drained by witches, leaving them without a mind and willpower of their own.

Bernhard Udelhoven, M.Afr.