Why primitive minds continue to inhabit bodies living in the 21st century
- Jamaica, for example
- For Example
- Rats With Wings
- And Then
- Gone Abroad
- One Sock
- Fraud, Stupidity, Belief and Fear
- It is Not Only Here
Jamaica, for example
Jamaica is an island in the Caribbean sea. The original inhabitants were murdered by the Spainards and Africans were imported for labour. Many escaped and became Maroons.
They carried their language and beliefs with them.
Their beliefs are called 'Obeah'. This is the basic religion of West Africa, with various gods and goddesses and ways to channel their power.
Haiti has a lesser version called Voodoo.
Most people have heard of Voodoo because of the 'public' demonstrations which tourists like to see. Obeah is practiced in private.
The majority of Jamaicans absolutely believe in Obeah, just as the majority of Haitians absolutely believe in Voodoo.
A chap moved into an area amid some contention. A 'Warner' man told him to protect himself from Obeah sent by the neighbours by getting a flock of pigeons.
According to the 'Warner' man the pigeons would catch the Obeah.
(A Warner man is a flat foot hustler who makes money by telling people stupidity and then demanding money for his help).
Rats With Wings
The chap went and got himself a bunch of pigeons. They didn't live in a coup some distance from the house. They lived on the house, in the house, and did what they pleased.
Pigeons carry over thirty fatal diseases.
Soon enough he fell ill and went to the hospital. He never told the physicians he kept pigeons. Even when he was exhorted to tell them, he made that small sly smile, because he knew it wasn't the pigeons; it was...Obeah.
When he died the community was convinced he had been 'Obeahed'. Forget the autopsy. Doctors don't know anything about Obeah.
When his daughter got sick she fled the area, and his wife has also departed. The pigeons are mostly dead now.
However, quite a few other people are walking around with various diseases, getting the wrong treatment, and going to the Obeah Man for a 'cure.'
People who believe in this kind of nonsense cling to it with every atom in their bodies. They may go up to America, they may live in the most modern areas, they may gain education. They may look sensible.
But they truly believe in Obeah or Voodoo.
And that supercedes anything resembling sense.
While in America at a particular nursing home. Many of the nurses and the nurses aides were from Haiti.
One of them performed a particular action and I caught her. She, thinking to have her revenge, stole one of my socks.
To you this sounds like stupidity squared, but to her, that action was extremely significant. For taking one shoe or one sock is a very powerful signal.
I am a Jamaican. I can't help it.
Seeing the one sock I made a number of prouncements, including putting a mark on the door.
At the speed of light the sock appeared and the Haitian staff disappeared. This is because Jamaican Obeah trumps Haitian Voodoo.
Fraud, Stupidity, Belief and Fear
The majority of people who 'practice' Obeah haven't a clue. They don't know the history of it, they don't even know the basics. It is make it up as you go along.
One of the Leaders in Potions died. He made a potion of poisonous plants and drank it.
Of course, various other 'Practitioners' claimed to have killed him so as to gain more customers for their 'balm yard.'
It is Not Only Here
All over the world people believe in various kinds of 'magic'. They believe they can affect natural processes by some kind of behaviour.
All they need is some guru to come along and make a proclaimation and they will immediately give over common sense and join the circus.
In modern societies the circus doesn't last centuries. Many bouts of insanity are over in a season or a year or two. Shame facedly the previous intelligent person shuffles away, as if he was never part of the Great Nonsense.
In other places, stupidity is passed in the genes.