Topic / Superstition

Irish road problem: finger of blame pointed at … fairies!

Until today I had never heard of fairy forts. Then along came a report from the Irish Times which says that a relatively new road is cursed because fairy forts were destroyed in its construction. The theory that it’s the-fairies-wot-did-it was put forward by Ireland Independent Teachta Dála Danny Healy-Rae, above. He insists that a […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Goat sacrificed to ensure the safety of a Pakistan plane

PIA, Pakistan’s national airline, has been roundly mocked after officials sacrificed a black goat to bring luck to a plane departing from Islamabad airport on Sunday. The animal was beheaded on the runway by airline officials before the take-off of a turboprop ATR-42 aircraft – the same model as the PIA plane that crashed into […]

Forget garlic, it’s cow pee you need to keep Dracula at bay

A government agency in India established to protect cows has claimed that that the sprinkling of the animals’ urine can protect people from ‘evil forces like Dracula and Satan’. According to The Times of India, the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board, made the claim in a document called Aarogya Geeta, which sets out  the benefits of […]

Priest who pitted himself against Satan’s hordes is dead

Veteran Catholic exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth has died at the age of 91. The National Catholic Register reports that he had performed over 70,000 exorcisms over 29 years. In 1990, he founded the International Association of Exorcists and was President until he retired, in 2000. In one of his last interviews, Amorth blamed “pure atheism” for […]

Man jailed for the murder of Rochdale’s ‘black magic’ imam

Mohammed Syeedy, 21, above, was today jailed for a minimum of 24 years for his role in the brutal killing of Jalal Uddin. The 71-year-old former imam, according to this report, practised taweez, a form of Islamic spiritual healing considered to be “black magic” by some extremists. On hearing the jury’s guilty verdict, Syeedy put […]

St Teresa is being asked by this man to cure Stephen Hawking

Newly-sainted Mother Teresa has been called upon by a Catholic professor – Benjamin Wiker, PhD – to cure Stephen Hawking of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Oh, and also to stop him being an atheist. Wiker, an Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of Human Life […]

Quebec old folks’ home gets a divine message … from a spud

Catholics are a superstitious bunch, constantly on the look-out for miracles and wondrous signs. So it’s no surprise that the “devout Catholic residents” at Le Mieux Vivre Residence in Grande-Rivière became ecstatic when Alain Lévesque, a cook working at the home, informed them last month that he’d found a “divine” potato with a cross at […]

Got Jinn? Derby-based exorcist claims he has the right tonic

If you are a jinn, be afraid – be very afraid – of Muslim exorcist Ahmed Ali, above, for his powers include the ability to convert you to Islam. According to this report, Ali, of the Al Fajr Centre in Derby, did just that in Pakistan in July when he was called to the house […]

Religious freedom victory for cruel rooster-killing priestess

Despite being convicted on three counts of animal cruelty, ‘high priestess’ Mercy Carrion, above, will still be legally allowed to own live poultry for sacrificial purposes. According to this report, Carrion, from Sterling in Virgina, was sentenced to five days in jail for each offence, suspended as long as she completes a course in how […]