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The popular appeal of witchcraft can be seen very clearly in the realm of sport, says Ngalamulume. "Any soccer match in any city in Africa is surrounded by rumors that players are using witchraft to guarantee victory. Not just local teams, but national teams use occult specialists to lend them strength," he says.
Witchcraft in the positive sense may be an important factor in state-scale politics, Ngalamulume says. "Many African heads of state are believed to use occult specialists to protect their power, to escape assassination plots or coups d'état," he explains. "In places where dictators are using these practices, many people around them believe that the dictators are invulnerable and resistance is futile. This obviously has strong implications in the transitions of developing nations to democracy." About Professor Ngalamulume Click Here
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