Obeah must never be encouraged


March 08, 2016

Dear Pastor,

Obeah is real. Nothing is wrong with obeah; it is how you practise it. Some people can use your underwear and cause you to get mad. They cause you to be unable to do anything in life. They destroy your sex organ, whether you are a male or female. I can tell you, pastor, obeah is not nice. People can cast spell on you.


Dear M.,

What is good about obeah? Don't you think that it would be something to avoid?

Incidentally, how is this thing done? What is obeah?

According to Wikipedia, "Obeah (sometimes spelled obi, obea, or obia) [1] is a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic, sorcery, and religious, practices developed among West African slaves, specifically of Igbo origin.

[2] Obeah is similar to other Afro-American religions, including Palo, Vodou, Santeria, and Hoodoo. Obeah is practised in Suriname, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Belize, The Bahamas, and other Caribbean nations.

[3] Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some Caribbean nations, obeah refers to folk religions of the African diaspora. In some cases, aspects of these folk religions have survived through syncretism with Christian symbolism and practice introduced by European colonials and slave owners. Casual observation may conclude that Christian symbolism is incorporated into obeah worship, but in fact may represent clandestine worship and religious protest."

Some folks consider obeah to be of the Devil. Obeah is practised in different forms. Some Christians condemn obeah while others embrace it. However, anything that is used to destroy others should not be encouraged.


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