Causes and Effects of Witchcraft.

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INTRODUCTION
Beliefs and practice of magic and witchcraft is a phenomenon that has captured the minds of millions since the beginning of history. These so called witches have caused fear, hatred, interest, widespread panic and variety of other emotions in other people from all over the world. Every society and civilization on this planet have all some form of witchcraft in their history, witchcraft itself ha e deep history of its own causing it to be recognized in literature and modern society.

Beliefs in witchcraft is a common phenomenon in some developing nations, particularly, Tanzania as well as sub-Saharan Africa. This belief has a very pronounced effect on the day to day lives of the believers. It burdens the economies of the
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v. Contract with the Devil (Satan) It is believed that the devil (Satan) makes contract with humans and such contract has to be fulfilled through life-destroying requirements from the devil to his/her clients. Human beings make contracts with the devils (Satan) for the purpose of earning riches, money and prosperity through performing evil deeds such as the offering of ones sons, daughters, wife, husband, relatives or other human blood. These are considered to be the terms and conditions of the devils contract and devil worship. In today’s situation, this is highly spread among Tanzanians particularly rich people and business class in Tanzania and Africa in General.

vi. The trend of albino murders in recent years The trend of albino murders in recent years is a very clear example of the damage that can be done by witchcraft, in this case affecting the livelihoods and lives of an already-disadvantaged group.

Less high profile, but probably more destructive overall, is the damage done to ordinary Tanzanian citizens through witchcraft-related threats. I have come across many examples where Tanzanians, usually those who have had some financial or social success, are held to ransom, threatened with curses. I have seen up close how this can hold people back from achieving their full potential - they can spend a lot of time (and money) fighting off these threats and they can have very damaging psychological effects. If success is punished in this way,

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