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50 die in witchcraft rituals after drinking "mysterious liquid"


Grim Reaper 6

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57 minutes ago, Sgt84801 said:

People that are the lowest common denominator.

Ftfm.

/pedant

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Stupid autocarrot
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1 hour ago, Grim Reaper 6 said:

More than 50 victims were forced to drink this mysterious liquid which, according to traditional healers, proves whether or not a person practices witchcraft," she said.

Belief in witchcraft is still common in some rural Angolan communities despite strong opposition from the church in the predominantly Catholic former Portuguese colony.

"It's a widespread practice to make people drink the supposed poison because of the belief in witchcraft," provincial police spokesperson Antonio Hossi told the radio network, warning that cases were on the rise?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/50-die-in-witchcraft-rituals-after-drinking-mysterious-liquid/ar-BB1jTpvU?ocid=emmx-mmx-feeds

It's a pay wall.

If this has happened before, why hasn't a coroner reported what the poison was? It might help in stopping this dangerous practice. A mass spec. would have the results quickly. 

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Good to see you back Grim.

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1 hour ago, Hankenhunter said:

It's a pay wall.

If this has happened before, why hasn't a coroner reported what the poison was? It might help in stopping this dangerous practice. A mass spec. would have the results quickly. 

Edited to add;

Good to see you back Grim.

I think this link will work, I didn’t know it was a pay wall it worked for me.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/50-dead-anti-sorcery-rituals-mysterious-liquid-angola-officials/#

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Good to see you back, @Grim Reaper 6. I hope all is well with you and your lady.

This test by potion sounds like "the ordeal of the bitter water" in the Hebrew Bible, Numbers 5:11-31. That is for women accused of adultery who don't confess, but it sounds like the same general idea, and maybe confers some kind of divine "seal of approval" for superstitious nonsense.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordeal_of_the_bitter_water

You got me thinking, though. There is a small mystery in Mark's gospel. The last 6 verses (most would say the last 12) were added late by somebody who seems not even to have read the rest of the gospel. Most of what's in Mark 16:15-20 can be traced to the Acts of the Apostles or other gospels. The exception, the one nobody can trace is part of verse 16:17:

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... if they drink any deadly thing, it will in no way hurt them ...

"They" are those having believed (the preaching of the gospel) - so maybe the idea is that practicing witchcraft is a breach of faith, and the poison that doesn't harm the believer harms the witch.

It's an idea anyway, and still doesn't explain the mystery of how that clause made it into the New Testament at all.

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Welcome back, Grim.

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10 hours ago, Hankenhunter said:

Ftfm.

/pedant

Autocarrot....LOL! 😆

Turn that thing off! 

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Don't drink the cool-aid.

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16 minutes ago, jmccr8 said:

It doesn't say how many died of those 50 people

As far as I can tell they all did.

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24 minutes ago, Saru said:

As far as I can tell they all did.

Hi Saru

Thanks that was my first impression but it said only the ones that drank it died and that more than 50 drank it.

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Religion at work👍

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34 minutes ago, jmccr8 said:

Hi Saru

Thanks that was my first impression but it said only the ones that drank it died and that more than 50 drank it.

"50" here is a rounded figure, it's likely the true number was slightly more than 50.

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The bitter water was simply water with a dash of dust from the tabernacle floor. This concoction was inherently toxic. Quite different except for the drinking component.
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Rush : Witch Hunt lyrics

The night is black without a moon
The air is thick and still
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill
 
Features distorted in the flickering light
Faces are twisted and grotesque
Silent and stern in the sweltering night
The mob moves like demons possessed
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
Confident their ways are best
 
Oh-oh-oh
Oh
 
The righteous rise with burning eyes
Of hatred and ill will
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill
 
They say there are strangers who threaten us
Our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
Those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves
 
Quick to judge, quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand
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On 3/17/2024 at 10:31 PM, Alchopwn said:

Don't drink the cool-aid.

Not much choice if a machete is hanging over your head

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These people "need Jesus."  Or WiFi.

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