Africa and Superstition: Bald Men Targets of Ritual Attack in Mozambique

Police in Mozambique have warned bald men that they could be targets of ritual attacks in the country. The warning came, following the recent killing of three bald men in the central district of Milange. The body parts are suspected to be used for rituals.

Like albinos who have been victims of inglorious ritual killings in this region of Africa, especially in Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique, bald men are equally believed to be a source of financial success in some part of Africa.

Two young Mozambican suspects, aged around 20  have been arrested in Milange, for the murder of the three bald men. The arrested suspects allegedly cut off the heads and organs of the victims.

“The belief is that the head of a bald man contains gold. Their motive comes from superstition and culture – the local community thinks bald individuals are rich,” Afonso Dias, a police commander in Mozambique’s central Zambezia province explained.

Definitely, Africa is inseparable from superstitions. From the belief that having sexual intercourse with a baby could cure aids, to a belief that if a pregnant woman watches horror movies, she will give birth to an ugly child, to albino people and bald individuals are sources of richness etc., lives of many Africans have been greatly influenced and indirectly controlled by watery superstitious belief. Worse still, some have argued that superstition is the mother of the social, political and economic hindrance in Africa. How far is this true?

How much influence does superstition have in your life and African society?

 

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