Despite the rationality ever-present in the modern world, many people – particularly in Asia and Africa – still believe in the power of ‘black magic’. Here are two recent stories of people falling foul of their belief in this occult practice.

Maid spikes employer’s tea with black magic rituals

A housemaid in the United Arab Emirates was arrested and thrown at the mercy of her local court when she tried to serve her employer a cup of tea laced with ‘black magic’. Her boss, a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, sipped the tea, only to discover it ‘tasted bad’.

Upon examining the tea pot, the employer found small pieces of paper within, complete with strange writing and symbols. The police searched the maid’s room to discover other books and paraphernalia associated with the occult arts.

The maid was arrested and charged by the courts. She was sentenced to a Dh 5000 ($1,350; £1,050) fine, three months imprisonment and deportation once she had served her sentence.

Black magic used on corpse in Odisha, India

In a sad case in Odisha, Ganjam in India, the body of a young girl was taken from Polasara Hospital in order for her family and local priests to perform black magic on her in an attempt to bring her back to life.

It is understood that the girl had been ill for some time, and doctors at the hospital declared that she had died before being brought there. Her body was removed by her family and black magic performed until the early hours of the morning, unsuccessfully.

Belief in black magic is rife in certain areas of India, despite it being illegal. In recent cases men with snake-bites have been taken from local hospitals so that black magic can be performed. In such cases the medicines administered by physicians are not deemed the ‘saviours’ of such victims, whereas the black magic practices are.

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