Belief in witchcraft, spells and other superstitions are widespread. In some places, it is not just something used to entertain children during Halloween; it is big business and it can be life and death.
Belief in witchcraft is a common phenomenon in some developing nations, particularly, Sub-Saharan Africa. This belief has a very pronounced effect on the day to day lives of the believers. Again, it burdens the economies of the societies where the belief is endemic.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, some of the ways belief in witchcraft affects lives include:
- How individuals treat one another for fear that evil spirits, spells or witchcraft might be invoked against the offending partner
- How people accept or shirk responsibility for mishaps. There is always the witch to blame for any situation even when individuals have literally been irresponsible.
- The value people put on their lives. Believers in spells and witchcraft perpetually expect the