Conference in PNG to tackle sorcery killings

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Experts from a range of fields have gathered in Papua New Guinea to discuss an increase in sorcery killings and come up with ways to stop them.

There have been a spate of gruesome sorcery killings this year, including one where a women was burnt alive on a main street in one of PNG's biggest towns.

The belief in sorcery or witchcraft is widespread in PNG. Even well-educated Papua New Guineans believe supernatural powers can be used to harm or kill.

The conference in Goroka aims to present the government with a comprehensive plan to address the problem.

Some experts believe sorcery killings are becoming more frequent, more violent and spreading to areas where they have never been seen before.

Written By: Liam Fox
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10 COMMENTS

  1. ” Even well-educated Papua New Guineans believe supernatural powers can be used to harm or kill. “

    Well educated?!?

    ” The conference heard the victims of sorcery killings are often women and the most vulnerable in society like the elderly, widows and orphaned children. “

    The easiest to scapegoat for the stupidest of reasons.

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      ” Even well-educated Papua New Guineans believe supernatural powers can be used to harm or kill. “

      Well educated?!?

      ” The conference heard the victims of sorcery killings are often women and the most vulnerable in society like the elderly, widows and orphaned children. “

      The easiest to scapegoat…

      There are many well-educated people who believe the Christianity story and don’t forget that 70% of Americans believe that the devil exists. A large proportion of them must surely be “well-educated”? Hum, yeah, sadly!

      • In reply to #2 by ArloNo:

        In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

        ” Even well-educated Papua New Guineans believe supernatural powers can be used to harm or kill. “

        Well educated?!?

        ” The conference heard the victims of sorcery killings are often women and the most vulnerable in society like the elderly, widows and orphaned child…

        I think you confuse schooling with education in many areas and some of those that are educated, Francis Collins comes to mind, would not think supernatural powers could be used to harm and kill. That an ” educated ” person could think such is possible makes me think little of the education they received.

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      ” The conference heard the victims of sorcery killings are often women and the most vulnerable in society like the elderly, widows and orphaned children. “

      The easiest to scapegoat…

      So true, the 6’6″ guy full of muscles and packing an M60 never seems to get accused of witchcraft.

  2. @OP – Experts from a range of fields have gathered in Papua New Guinea to discuss an increase in sorcery killings and come up with ways to stop them.

    Religion in Papua New Guinea – A large majority of Papua New Guineans identify themselves as members of a Christian church (96% in the 2000 census), however many combine their Christian faith with traditional indigenous beliefs and practices.

    I suppose with the Roman Catholic Church at (27.0%) topping the Xtian list, they could try exorcism! — Oh .. hang on a minute!!!!!
    For the rest of the percentages, see the link.

  3. “They wanted to burn me alive but the good Lord didn’t want me to die, so he saved my life … I want to put it to the public,” she said.

    I’m sure Sr Regina Arre went through a terrible ordeal but she’s just as deluded as the people who accused her of sorcery if she believe’s that statement! Where there is religion there will always be hate crimes against anyone percieved to be or think differently.

  4. “They wanted to burn me alive but the good Lord didn’t want me to die, so he saved my life … I want to put it to the public,” she said.

    I’m sure Sr Regina Arre went through a terrible ordeal but she’s just as deluded as the people who accused her of sorcery if she believe’s that statement! Where there is religion there will always be hate crimes against anyone percieved to be or think differently.

  5. Immanuel Kant considered that judgement was the highest of cognitive functions and I think he pondered whether it was possible to educate people to be reasonable without educating them for knowledge. If these people are well educated it certainly looks like knowledge of any kind has little to do with being reasonable.

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