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Scary modern cases of witch hunts and sorcerers

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It is believed that in those dark ages, a lot of innocent women suffered because of the blindness of ignorant people who saw witchcraft in everything strange and unusual and sincerely believed in curses and malevolent damage from the evil eye. However, such “ignorance” is found in our days, as are cases of reprisals against witches.

10. Mexican killings

In April 1998, an enraged elderly man burst into the house of Modesta Navarro Nieves, in the small Mexican village of Guadeloupe del Cobre, and began to accuse the woman of being a witch and that she cursed him. He had a heavy club with him and he began beating the woman with it.

The attacker stopped only when Modesta’s husband returned who attacked him with a stick and, having being hit a couple of times, he rushed to run away. When the doctors arrived to help the battered Modesta, it was already too late, the woman died from the wounds inflicted on her.

‘Only’ 11 years later, the police managed to get on the trail of the killer and detained him. It turned out to be the 78-year-old Santiago Ineges Olivares. And a year before his arrest in another part of Mexico, an unspecified woman was attacked and killed after accusations of witchcraft.

9. The Gambian Witch Hunters

In Gambia (West Africa) in 2009 there was a massive campaign against local witches and sorcerers. The Witch Hunters, accompanied by police and soldiers, walked from village to village and took away all suspicious people, most often the elderly.

In total, about a thousand people were captured. Threatening them with pistols, they drove them to a special shelter, where they forced them to drink a toxic hallucinogenic “medicine” in order to deprive these “witches” of the ability to conjure. Many people died, having been poisoned by this swill, and those who survived were expected to be beaten, tortured by electric shocks or at best, bullying.

The main “witch hunter”, later assured that all this was done with the blessing of the president of the country. Such a “hunt” caused a great panic among the villagers and the people began to flee en masse to the territory of neighboring Senegal. Entire parts of Gambia were deserted before the witch hunters abandoned their activities.

8. New York Voodoo

On a cold January night in 2014, NYPD received a call to Estrella Castaneda’s house. Near the house, they found 44-year-old Carlos Alberto Amarilla with a Bible in his hand and it turned out that he had called 911 and confessed to the murder of two women in this house.

When the police went inside, they found Estrella Castaneda lying on the bed, dead with a pillow on her face, and her daughter Lina lying on the floor in the next room. Both women were brutally hammered to death.

In a statement, Amarilla described that he had met with Estrella and was her boyfriend, but then he allegedly suddenly found out that both of these women were dangerous witches who performed voodoo rituals and wanted to use black magic on him. Amarilla received two life sentences for double murder of the first degree.

7. Executions in Saudi Arabia

In 2011, a resident of Saudi Arabia, Amina Bint Abdul Halim Nassar, was convicted of “practicing witchcraft and sorcery”. In her house, bottles were found filled with a kind of “witchcraft” liquid.

According to anonymous sources, Nassar actively traded these potions, and for the creation of witchcraft potions in the country under the Sharia law, the death penalty was imposed. And despite requests for clemency from international human rights organizations, the woman was soon executed by chopping off her head.

In 2007, pharmacist Mustafa Ibrahim was likewise charged and beheaded after accusations of using magic. Allegedly, he entered the bathroom with the Qur’an and read something strange there. After this incident, a special anti-witch detachment was established in Saudi Arabia, which began to carry out propaganda among the population against the use of magic and witchcraft.

By the end of 2019, about 118 people in Saudi Arabia were accused of magical manipulation of the Koran and all this disinfo spread through anonymous scammers. What happened to these people is unknown.

6. Assault on a village witch

This incident slipped into the media in the late 1990s and occurred in an unspecified village somewhere on the Russian-Ukrainian border. A local resident, Sasha Lebedkin and his nephew, Sergei Gretsov, turned to the so-called grandmother, to ask her to remove the spell that supposedly hung from Sergei.

According to Gretsov, he was bewitched by 22-year-old Tanya Tarasova, who tried to force him to marry her, and when he refused, the girl decided to apply witchcraft. The sorceress tried to remove the curse, but then said that it was too strong.

Then, Gretsov and Lebedkin decided to take revenge on Tarasova. On the evening of February 22, 1997, they broke into Tarasova’s house and attacked her and her relatives with hammers. Tanya and her three younger brothers and sisters remained unharmed, but Tanya’s mother was killed in the attack.

At the interrogation, Gretsov and Lebedkin stated that they could not kill Tarasova because she “set fire to their eyes and sent strange animals to them.”

5. The killing of “damned” children in Benin

In the remote villages of Benin, a poor African country, there is still a terrible belief that a baby born with its legs forward is a damned sorcerer. The tradition obliges to take such a child to the forest and kill it by striking his head against a strong tree.

More compassionate parents “just” leave such a baby in the forest under the bushes, where it soon dies of hunger and thirst or from the claws of wild animals.

“A child whose birth deviates from the accepted norm is damned and must be destroyed,” say people in Baatonou, Boko and Peul.

Infants whose teeth begin to grow too late, who were born after prolonged and painful contractions, or were born head first but facing the earth, are also suspected and the same fate awaits them. And if the child is completely normal, but because of the poverty of it’s parents, from the youngest years starts to steal food because of hunger, then it is also considered damned and can also be easily killed.

Western researchers who have visited Benin are horrified by such traditions and call them barbaric and completely inhuman. However, they cannot do anything, because such a practice is fully supported by the Benin authorities.

4. Attacks in Zambia

In January 2017, an 80-year-old Zambian resident traveled to the northern province of Copperbelt to visit her grandson. But as soon as she came to him, her little great-grandson, the son of her grandson, suddenly became ill and died suddenly.

Very saddened by the loss of his son, his father consulted a local healer and he blamed his great-grandmother for the death of the boy. He indicated that the illness of the child arose precisely with her arrival.

Early in the morning, all the neighbors of this family woke up from the heart-rending screams of a woman, her own grandson brutally beat her with a stick and shouted “Now it’s your turn to die, witch!”. After Beating the old woman, he then pushed her right into the fire. A little later, the grandmother died of wounds and burns.

A similar case in Zambia is far from uncommon, a lot of elderly people are attacked by their own relatives, who accuse them of causing damage, evil eye or other witchcraft. In 2017, about 25 old people and old women were brutally killed for this reason.

3. Lynch Courts

In 2008, in Papua New Guinea, villagers broke into a pregnant woman’s house and dragged her outside, accusing her of witchcraft that led to her neighbor’s sudden death. They threw a rope around the woman’s neck and hung her on a tree.

Fortunately, the rope was tightened ineptly and the woman managed to stay alive. For several hours she was hanging from the tree, struggling with the rope, but then she managed to free herself. Her unborn child was not injured either.

Similar cases in Papua New Guinea occur regularly, only in 2019 there were about 50. Local tribes are very superstitious and still believe in their own religions, and treat everything strange and unusual as an intervention of Evil.

In 2009, there was an absolutely terrible case when a crowd of teenagers accused one of their peers of witchcraft. They dragged her to a landfill, where they stripped her naked, beat her, and then tied her to a pile of tires and set them on fire.

The unfortunate remains were discovered only a few days later, when local residents began to complain about the unpleasant smell of burnt flesh, which was distributed throughout the district.

2. The killing of albinos in Tanzania

In Tanzania, albinos are considered supernatural beings associated with the world of spirits and magic. Therefore, every part of the albino’s body is worth its weight in gold, because it can bring good luck or cure diseases.

Because of this, albinos, especially girls, are literally hunted. There are frequent cases when murderers burst into the houses where the albino lived and chopped the child alive into pieces right in front of it’s relatives. In 2014 alone, there were more than a thousand cases of attacks on Tanzanian albinos and, according to human rights defenders, they will only increase.

To save albinos, they are trying to put them in special boarding houses, which are well guarded, but there are still very few such houses from benefactors.

1. Nightmare Christmas

At Christmas 2010, 15-year-old Kristy Bamu was visiting London with his 29-year-old sister Magalie and her boyfriend Eric Bikubi. Everything was quite normal and suddenly, at some point, Magalie and Eric attacked Kristy in a rage and began to beat him, and then tortured him with knives, a broken bottle and a hammer.

They demanded that Kristy confess that he was a sorcerer and that he wanted to harm them with ‘kindoki’ -or witchcraft. Kristy at some point, could not bear the pain and did it.

After that, the torture became even more cruel. With the help of pliers, the sister and her friend tore off Kristie’s ears, and then they dragged the bleeding teenager into the bathroom and threw him into the water “in order to expel the evil spirit from him.” However, tortured Kristy drowned immediately.

The court decided to give Eric Bikubi and Magalie Bamu prison sentences of 30 and 25 years, respectively.

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Can I stop seeing nightmares?

Waking up in the middle of the night from nightmare episodes, the plot of which would be envied by the best screenwriters and writers in the style of horror, we are relieved to realize that what was seen was just a dream.

Nevertheless, the body needs time in order for the heart rate to normalize, and the whole body to release a trembling numbness, sometimes reaching sleep paralysis. Considering how frightening and unpleasant nightmares can be, experts are interested in the possibility of preventing them, including a complete “shutdown”. Despite the fact that not much research has been carried out in this area, scientists suggest that people who know the techniques of lucid dreams can answer this question.

Nightmares appear only in the REM sleep phase and last no more than half an hour

Why do we see nightmares?

Experts are convinced that nightmares are part of human experience and represent some kind of interpretation of experienced stress and psychological stress, even though in most cases children from 7 to 10 years are exposed to it. Doctors do not consider rare nightmares a pathology, but if disturbing dreams happen too often, they can significantly affect the upcoming day and the life of a person as a whole. Frequent nightmares can be a symptom of a psychological disorder that could be caused by extreme stress, trauma or certain types of drugs.

Despite previous sleep studies, nightmares still remain only partially understood. At the moment, it is known that often nightmares are dreams of REM sleep phase or in the so-called REM phase, which is characterized by rapid eye movement and increased brain activity. It was found that at the time when a person is in the phase of REM sleep, his brain is almost as active as in the wakeful phase.

Lucid dream is the boundary state between the phases of REM sleep and wakefulness

Can nightmares be prevented?

According to an article published on the portal livescience.com, Japanese scientists have confirmed the existence of conscious dreaming and continue to conduct research on their study. For a lucid dream, it is customary to consider those dreams in which a person is fully aware of his condition and can even, to some extent, control the content of night vision, as well as leave it. Experts attribute “lucid dreaming” to a borderline state that lies between the REM and Wake phase.

Despite the fact that medical practice for the development of conscious consciousness is not yet used by doctors, some experts have already developed several methods for their development. For example, research results published in 2019 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology confirm the positive consequences for people suffering from constant nightmares after applying such an unusual therapy in a dream.

According to one of the methods, a person suffering from nightmares needs to set an alarm 30 minutes earlier than he usually wakes up, conduct his daily morning routines, and then go to bed again. According to experts, an awakening and a break between sleep, can help the human brain go to the intermediate stage between the phase of REM sleep and wakefulness.

According to experts, it is the intermediate phase that makes it possible to control a dream, and subsequently prevent nightmares, since brain activity in this phase of sleep allows a person to distinguish reality from dreams. Experts also note that lucid dreaming is only one of the methods to prevent nightmares, although they do not give guarantees of their complete deliverance.

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Ancient civilizations used acoustics to change consciousness and communicate with the dead

The prehistoric necropolis in Malta provides the key to the ancient use of sound and its effect on the activity of the human brain, and it shows that ancient civilizations used acoustics to change consciousness and communicate with the dead.

It is well known that ancient civilizations associated a particular sound with sacred knowledge. They isolated these hypersonic places from worldly everyday life and attached great importance to them because abnormal sound behavior implied a divine presence.

This is especially true for Mayans and the Aztecs, as evidenced by the chirping noise of the Kukulkan pyramid in Chichen Itza and the terrifying Aztec death whistle found on the skeleton of a sacrificial person found in front of the temple of their god of the wind.

Another example of how ancient civilizations used sound to change consciousness and communicate with the dead is the Maltese Hypogee Al-Saflini.

Al-Saflini and its mysterious sound phenomenon is located in the city of Paola, Malta. The Neolithic underground structure dates from the Saflini period (3300 – 3000 BC). It is believed that it was a sanctuary and a necropolis, as archaeologists have discovered more than 7,000 skeletons.

One of its rooms, known as the “Oracle Room”, has a legendary reputation for exceptional sound behavior. 

The room is a sound chamber carved with a rounded inner surface. The result is an echo, which is reflected throughout the hypogee.

Standing in Hypogeea is like being inside a giant bell. In certain places, a person feels how the sound vibrates in the bones and tissues, and also hears it in the ears.

The word spoken in the Oracle room is amplified a hundredfold and is heard throughout the building.

Now imagine how the oracle spoke, and his words rumbled with a roar through a dark and mysterious place with a terrifying impression.

So what happens in the oracle room?

A male voice casting spells in the range of 70-130 Hz could turn the entire temple complex into a trance inducing room that could stimulate the creative center of the human brain.

At these resonant frequencies, even small periodic motive forces can produce large-amplitude oscillations, since the system stores the oscillation energy.

The echo bounces off solid surfaces and connects before they disappear.

This highly effective acoustic technology allowed ancient people to change the consciousness of both the physiological and psychological behavior of those exposed to it.

How and why did ancient people use sound?

An international team of scientists recently uncovered the ancient mystery of the Oracle Room in the Maltese Hypogee Hal Saflieni.

As demonstrated in a new scientific study, each person has his own individual activation frequency, always between 90 and 120 Hz.

During testing, a deep male voice tuned to these frequencies stimulated a resonant phenomenon throughout the hypochondrium, creating the effect of cooling the bones.

Sounds were reported to echo for 8 seconds.

Archaeologist Fernando Coimbra said he felt a sound cross his body at high speed, leaving him feeling relaxed. When this was repeated, the sensation returned, and he also had the illusion that the sound reflected from his body to the ancient red-ocher paintings on the walls.

One can only imagine this experience in antiquity: standing in the dark and listening to ritual singing, while faint light flickered on the bones of deceased loved ones.

The same people also developed a complete solar calendar aligning the solstices and equinoxes, which still function today in one of the terrestrial megalithic structures.

There is no doubt that a complex school of architectural, astronomical and audiological knowledge existed already a thousand years before the Egyptians began to build the pyramids.

People in the Neolithic past in Malta discovered the acoustic effects of Hypogeea and experienced them as extraordinary, strange, perhaps even strange and “otherworldly”. Maybe they tried to talk with our alien brothers? 

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Man is an animal that has gone crazy. We are not born to be happy, evolution has no such purpose

The great Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung said:

Man is an animal that has gone crazy. There are two ways out of this madness: it needs to either become an animal again, or become bigger than a person.


Do you know truly happy personalities?

Most people in the world suffer for one reason or another all their lives.

  • Sitting in small apartments or huge mansions
  • In Tata Nano or the new Porsche
  • Playing games or working hard
  • Doing business or working for someone
  • Being married or single gay people.

How many stories in the world about married top managers who were found dead from substance abuse on escort yachts? How many movie, music and art stars have become alcoholics? How many people started wars and killed hundreds of thousands of people?

Happiness is not and never has been the goal of evolution. Do not die and extend your family – this is what is required of a living being. The rest is not important.

Man appeared in this world by chance. We are the product of coincidences that have led us to the fact that we are now “allowed” to think, speak, analyze, predict, create paintings, films and fly into space.

But all this does not bring joy in the end. Still bad. Anyway, something is missing.

Why? Good question. Joy can only be here and now, in the sense of one’s emotions and feelings. How animals can do this when they run for a walk, as young children can do, until they become morose adults.

Many of us watched a video in which a father spent 18 years in a row videotaping his daughter? The older she became, the more she turned from a joyful girl into a sad teenager.

We have been taught from childhood: it is impossible, it is impossible, it is not necessary, it is wrong, it is not necessary, it is necessary. This is upbringing, without it anywhere. Parenting is always prohibitions, restrictions, regulation. But such a life leads to the inability to enjoy the moment. We think about what other people will think, what awaits us in the future, what we still lack, what needs to be done, done, done. These voices constantly sound in our heads; they cannot be shut up for no reason.

We cannot go back and become animals again. So Jung is right, we need to become something more than a person. Someone who knows how and look to the future, and at the same time enjoy the moment.

How to do it? Another good question. 

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