Showing posts with label Voodoo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Voodoo. Show all posts

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Science versus voodoo?






Science versus Voodoo???


Different explanations for the occurrence of phenomena in space.I thought phenomena can be proven scientifically but appears tradition still stands. History makes us know that before the introduction of science, our forefathers practised voodoo (black magic)-as we speak, it is still very rampant. Have you heard of court cases where witnesses are made to swear by Ogun (god of iron) or by the god of that locality? The witnesses are moved  when it comes to swearing to traditional gods than what they practice in their religion. They seem have reverence for the deities.


On a mission to Badagry to collect data for a survey on climate change, engaging in Focus Group Discussion with respondents, I was quick to draw that they believe changing weather patterns is a function of divine powers not climate change as science makes us believe. According to them, it is that serious that ceremonies, social functions can be disrupted if permission and consent of the rainmakers are not granted.

Speaking to one of the respondents that was very lettered, he still believed that the rainmakers could alter climate patterns to suit them. He gave examples of how a wedding was disrupted because the couple failed to appease the rainmakers. The rainmakers had sent a heavy downpour of a sudden in what happened to be a bright sunny day. The wedding guests were running helter skelter for shelter. The wedding cake was almost marred. The white gown of the bride was covered with mud. The wedding had to be solemnized indoors.

Another incident was during an inter-house sport competition. The school compound was not large enough for the competition so we sought space in another school in nearby locality. The name of the place is as fetish as it sounds. This one I witnessed with my two korokoro eyes because I was one of the teachers then.  After so much preparation, the D-day finally came. Immediately the umpire blew the whistle for the commencement of the inter-house sports competition, the rain came down with annoyance. The children had to match in the rain, run in the rain...they did all the sports that could be done in the rain others were cancelled because of the slippery ground and mud.

I didn't understand until another teacher was lamenting. She was like the people in that neighbourhood were very  diabolical to have not allowed the success of the sports. She was also like the principal was to stingy too  and that instead of her to drop something in form of cash or kind  for the village head, she did not. Hence, the rainmakers withheld  their blessings.

Science makes us believe that it is when the clouds are heavy from evaporation that rain falls. Other schools of thought attribute to divine forces. Notwithstanding, climate change is real and visible. It will continue to show its ugly head because of human activities and also physical forces. If properly manage, it would turn out to be a burden. Poverty would be on the increase. Food security would surely be affected. Rural and urban livelihood would be altered. Large influx of migrants to less depressed regions would be the norm.

 When it comes to who controls the forces of nature? Would we say it is backed by scientifically proven theories or black magic as tradition makes us believe or it is something that is only  answerable by religion.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Stereotyping...a human thing?


Source: www.infinityhousemagazine.com

 Take a good look at the picture above. You have already formed stereotypes without blinking twice. The guy in the left would appear to you as someone  obviously into drugs because of his dress sense and looks. On the other hand, the guy in the right would strike as a banker or  a lawyer or any white collar job person. Reason that he is wearing a suit. But he could also be into drugs but the suit has formed a stereotype already.

We just cant seem to get over forming stereotypes. I think it is part of human beings. Sometimes it is wrong , other times it is true. It just kind of guides the way one would accept the other person... Other stereotypes that I have come across are listed below:

 Supposing a lady all made up with long nails and short dress should start preaching in a bus, people would raise eyebrows because they have formed stereotypes that she can not be "born again" whereas if another lady covers her head and is dressed in " mary amaka" one might be tempted to believe that she is really a brethren#Stereotypes

It is usually assumed tall guys are basketball players. Well...you might be surprised  that he is no where near  Michael Jordan.

 Another one is that ladies with beard are very wicked. Apparently it is like I have beards ( just three or four strands down my chin). Didnt even know until one guy drew my attention to it when we were discussing one day like that and ever since then the blade had been my best buddy weekly. But I am not wicked  that I am certain of.

And that any politician/government official /police with pot belly is corrupt, really?

Guys who have several foldings at the back of their head(kpomo) must be very wealthy. It is assumed that they amassed so much wealth that it had  gone to form folds at the back of his head. Please do you research and lemme know if it is true.

 This one is standard- Ijebu people are tightfisted. I have been in the midst of people from this part of the country and I think it holds oo. They don't like waste and dropping money is always an issue.

Edo people are into voodoo. Hmmm...Every Nigerian tribe virtually has witches and wizards but it looks like their headquarters is in....

Ibo people and money go together.  The Ibo people are so money conscious. Don't blame them, money makes the world go round. I am not Ibo but I like money too or don't you?

Other stereotypes include:
-Calabar girls make good cooks

-All bus conductors are school dropouts

-All tall girls are models

-Short people are aggressive and don't like intimidation

-Warri no dey carry last

-People from Ondo/Ekiti are very learned

-Left handed people are very brilliant...well, i  have not confirmed but so I heard. And then...

People who wear glasses are intelligent and first class materials. This one is very deceitful. Back in college, I was drawn to guys who wore glasses because I assumed they were very brilliant. Some people have developed tactics and started wearing glasses to create an illusion and impression to people....At a point, I wanted to wear glasses by force.

 How about every young unmarried woman in church prayer point is for God to give her husband. I mean there are other things that are pressing her like her business, visa, promotion,employment, money, a car, traveling abroad, education ...must it be that all she wants in life is just a husband???

 Please are there other stereotypes you can think of? Lets share....