Culture June 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

How black magic ensured justice and order in traditional African societies

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

Farida Dawkins June 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm

June 28, 2018 at 12:54 pm | Culture


In some African societies such as Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, there are methods used to counter extra-marital relationships.

In South Africa, there is a spell called muthi; which is often placed on women.  It is made to ensure that if someone other than the husband tries to have sex with her, he will remain stuck until the husband returns.

In Kenya, there are two types :

“There is one that makes the man’s member go lame every time he is with a woman who isn’t his wife. The woman can apply the potion on the man’s member, others put it in food or rub it in the man’s boxers,” according to Martin Mulwa, a lawyer from Kenyan town, Ukambani.

The other type is “the one which a woman or man applies on the boxers or panties of the spouse and when either engages in extramarital sex, they get stuck. The antidote has to come from a real medicine man because there are a lot of fake specialists.”

There are also unique types of this ritual practised throughout Africa.


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