Mischevious creatures everywhere: Virtual Skeptics “panties goblin” episode 24

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Goblins… yeah. EXPLODEY ones. This episode of Virtual Skeptics we also talked about elves and had a fun and rather disturbing game of Scientology? Or North Korea? Don’t miss that it’s a hoot and a holler. The full video is linked below. Check it out. But I wanted to write up and link to the information I gave about the Zimbabwe goblins. It was a fascinating story, not quite what you think.

Black Imp or goblin

Last Tuesday, the 22nd, I came across the story of a so-called sorcerer’s house in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe that exploded under mysterious circumstances.

Police officials said the blast killed five people. The sorcerer, often known in the West as a witchdoctor, was doing business with a man seeking to improve his failing finances, They were both among the dead, witnesses said. Army bomb disposal experts told neighbours they found no remnants of a bomb or petrol or gas containers.

In Zimbabwe superstition, sorcerers can use lightning, to eradicate enemies. Neighbours told reporters they feared a “lightning manufacturing process” was being carried out.

I heard nothing more on this, I didn’t expect to.

But then on Monday, I find this story:

A traditional healer and a survivor claim that the house in which they were carrying out a cleansing ceremony exploded after they beheaded a goblin. According to the story, a man acquired the goblin from a neighboring country to bring wealth and prosperity to his business. But the goblin became troublesome, making demands, so he needed to get rid of it. The ceremony cost him $15,000.

At first, I didn’t connect the two stories until someone told me it was the same place. So things got interesting.

According to the traditional healer, Mr Clever Kamuyedza acquired a money­spinning goblin from a nearby country to boost the fortunes of his transport business. But it became a liability rather than an asset. Time to do away with it.

Sekuru Shumba [the witchdoctor] beheaded the goblin. Clever [the businessman], subsequently told his wife to go collect the US$15,000 from their car that was parked outside.

“That is when Sekuru shouted that the goblin was fighting back,” she said. “All I remember after that is a loud sound coming from the bedroom. The walls of the house crumbled.”

The mysterious blast killed five people, including Sekuru Shumba, the businessman, and a seven­ month ­old child. Investigators are still trying to establish the cause of the explosion that also damaged 12 other houses.

A whole pile of questions arise with my reading of this story.

What was the goblin? A person? An animal? A cover for some explosive device?

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Zimbabwe and goblins go together. Some of the other stories I’ve found are just as bad or worse. Let me give you a quick rundown of what goblins are up in southern africa.

Back to the exploding goblin story…

A relation of the deceased healer said the family believed he had “supernatural powers and a mermaid spirit” (mermaids are also popular in Zimbabwe folklore). People had been scattering salt on the road around the area to ward off evil spirits that may have been let loose in the blast. One explanation passed around was that the healer had been sending lightening to strike a target but the chosen target was protected by a more powerful force and the ‘curse was returned to sender,’ hence the explosion. Then came the exploding goblin story. Theories of juju, black magic and witchcraft came out, and we got wind of the goblin story that sounds so weird to us.

The favored explanation appears to be that this was a bomb of some sort. The self styled prophet/witchdoctor may have been attempting to extract mythical red mercury from a grenade brought to him by Mr Clever Kamudzeya. It’s a common occurrence that the people trying to do this often fail spectacularly.

A recent explosion in  Zimbabwe that killed 5 people is attributed to a quest to reclaim red mercury from a live landmine. Yet other locals swear that Mandere – who doubled as a self-styled prophet – may have been trying to extract the . No-one has proved the existence of red mercury, but it is believed to be a key ingredient of dirty bombs usually used by terrorists.

So, in conclusion, superstition is extremely rife in this part of africa where they mistake animals for mischievous spirits that causes trouble. [See Tokoloshe] Notice that people  use “goblins” as a scapegoat or coverup for any bizarre activity… especially where ladies underwear is involved. It’s not likely that we will see the truth about this particular exploding goblin but I’m hopeful. What I’m certain of is that scapegoblins will continue to show up to explain any event where people really would rather not know or tell the truth.

Virtual Skeptics [Panties Goblin episode]

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2 thoughts on “Mischevious creatures everywhere: Virtual Skeptics “panties goblin” episode 24

    • idoubtit

      I am a subscriber and write on occasion for Fortean Times. So, yes. But there are serious problems with Fort and Keel’s damned data and the way they presented it.

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