Being an Africa I grew up where certain things that would be considered superstition by other races form part and parcel of my reality. Now as an adult with a fairly decent western education (engineering) and having fair amount of knowledge on various religions and history, I find myself not being able to dismiss some of the so-called superstitions. This is partly due to some personal experience and being open-minded and respectful of the next person’s beliefs.
One of these African beliefs that has kept popping up in my mind in the last few years is Traditional Healers and Witchcraft. Western religions and education teaches us that these two beliefs are nonsense, evil, demonic, Satanist, stupid, backwards, mambo jumbo, etc. However, I’ve come to realize that whatever the west doesn’t understand or is scared of is usually label as such.
As an African, you have probably heard of some gogo called “umloyi/umthakathi/igqwirha”, who is able to travel thousands of kilometers in a couple of hours, enter a locked house, do their business while you sleep and come back home. All this supposedly happens between midnight and 3am, while the rest of the family including the husband believes the person is sleeping right next to them. There have been stories in the mainstream media as recent as few months ago where couple of women were caught in Zimbabwe and Limpopo.
The logical mind in me has been curious as to how a person can travel across the country or world and back in a couple of hours. Could the answer be related to quantum physics, bi-location and teleportation, which scientists currently believe is fiction? The so-called “witches” are supposedly able to also fly on brooms, grass mats, loaf of bread. DO NOT LAUGH! And they do all of this in the cover of the night.
To me these sounds like some powerful technology and knowledge that could solve a lot of humanity’s transportation problems if shared. Think about it, we have wars that are supposedly started to get oil in certain countries; current petrol price is over R14/liter; if you are in Gauteng, you have to deal with e-tolls; we have congested roads and potholes. Instead of ridiculing the claims of “witchcraft” as being stupid and evil, shouldn’t we be asking the practitioners to come out into the open and share their technology and knowledge? Some of us don’t give a rats’ $ss what religions people will think, some of us don’t care about what the abrahamic god(s) thinks. All we are interested in is solving our day-to-day problems, and 1 major pain in the butt problem is transportation. Imagine if you never ever needed a car or aircraft in your life and you could go anywhere in the world you want just like that.
So, here is my plea to anyone with the knowledge and technology used in the practice of “witchcraft” or any related practice. Please share your knowledge and technology with those of us who are godless and don’t give a $hit about satan and any religious god. I, for 1, do not think you are evil or Satanist or anything of the sort. Come out, come out, wherever you are and practice in the open. While you at it publish an article, e-book or something, letting us know how to also travel for free.