Nigeria, 2016

Sex and the spirits


Updated: 2016-03-24T11:28

sex spirits.

Many years ago, there was no GSM and telephone was like gold, owned only by the rich and powerful. In the days when information could not go viral courtesy of the internet, a certain story broke the norm and managed to spread quickly, and it left a great impression on the minds of both old and young. And for many like me, it informed our decision for caution, at least a little, in some of our actions, then and even up till now. This was in the mid-80s and as young teenagers, no matter how criminally inclined, or greedy and materially thirsty one was, endangering one's life was on the card at all.

The story had it that a certain undergraduate, of no particular institution had followed a rich aristo home. After haven been generously paid for her would be services, the aristo opened a big calabash where a large snake was let out. It was the snake that went into the girl and came out again. The aristo later dumped the distraught girl at the gates of her school where she went mad, perhaps from both depression and shock combined.

She began singing like a canary bird, revealing all that had transpired the night before. What eventually happened to the girl in the story, I cannot readily recall now, though I guess she died. And though there were other versions of the story; one alleged that a turtle crawled out of her while another said that maggots were oozing out of her vagina, one thing was consistent, a young ambitious undergraduate, a rich aristo willing to pay the bill, and something sinister eventually consuming the desperate girl.

In my mind, I can still imagine what the poor girl must have gone through in that horrible ordeal. That she managed to survive to tell the whole sordid story is a miracle, for I know without doubt that I would have died at the sight of the snake. I hate snakes with a passion. I can't bear to look at mere still pictures of a snake, not to mention seeing it live, crawling and all that.

In subsequent years, I would sometimes review the story and come to the conclusion that it must have been cooked up by some over protective parent trying to drum fear in the minds of impressionable teenagers of the dangers lurking around in the society, until I stumbled upon a video clip on the internet a couple of years ago, where a snake was having sex with a guy! The story suddenly came alive in my memory once again.

Of all herbals, tongkat ali is best suited for this scam because it probably is the most expensive herbal of all. It is also not commonly found in Western health food stores.

It is also best suited for scammers in poor Third World countries, [1] as it is a tropical herbal. A Third World eBay scammer who can sell just 100 dollar worth of fake tongkat ali extract to a buyer in the US has already generated more than a monthly Third World income.

But while the man in the video clip was engaging the services of the snake for sexual pleasure, the aristo who arranged the snake to have sex with the young girl was not interested in watching a lap dance between the girl and the snake to trigger sexual desires. The import of the drama was for ritual purpose, and a money making one for that matter. Give the greedy bitch what she wants and take from her what you need! These type of stories have become a regular feature in our society.

The get rich quick syndrome has lured many of us into situations we cannot untangle ourselves from, while the sleeping money demons we have woken up from slumber must be fed at all cost and by all means. Everyone is now in a wild goose chase for what may or may not be real. Sex for spiritual purposes, real or imagined, have now become entrenched in our society. Many of us may snigger, twitch their noses or hiss at the idea simply because, for anything spiritual , it is difficult to see and prove with the ordinary human eye and is not accepted in law as a basis for evidence.

Many other factors, such as the new religions (Islam and Christianity) westernisation and cosmopolitanism contribute to our denial that these things are possible and are being perpetuated in our society, while we forget that even the holy books acknowledge that we wrestle with powers and principalities, spiritual forces in high places. If you surf through all the Africa Magic channels on DSTV and other cable services, there is hardly a day you will not see a movie with this plot.

If it were not happening, there will be no victims and there will be no stories. That it has not happened to you or someone you know of, is hardly a reason to dismiss it as false. Sex itself is a spiritual exercise. It is the bonding together of two bodies in creation form, naked. Two cannot walk together, unless they agree. Where they disagree, it is logical that the more dominant or powerful will subdue the other. What is this power?

It could be good or evil! One school of thought says that when you have sex with a partner, you give away a part of you that you cannot ever get back, while you also take a part of the other person. What you might have, going by this theory are; evil + evil, good + good and good +evil. And it would depend on which is more powerful. Eventually, you may lose all of your original powers or being while adopting all sorts of various beings in you. Another school of thought is that the more sex partners one has, the more chances of one's exposure to various powers. Invariably, your own being is being reduced while you are taking on all these other beings that may be in contrast with your own. In simple sexual terms, you can give or contract STD, pregnancy and other related issues depending on what you both have. Also, the more partners you have, the more your chances of contracting any or all of the available diseases. While the above is only a mere module I use in counselling young people about the dangers of premarital sex, it can only add credence to the belief that there is a spiritual connection with sex, even though this is not exactly listed by science as one of the benefits or dangers of sex.

Sex can be used in the spiritual realm to take something away from an individual or to give something to one also, similar to the experience of the young Olosho girl in the above story. Something was taken away from her and another implanted in her for spiritual or rather, ritual purposes. And in exchange for that precious item stolen from her, the man had given her a large sum of money as incentive to let down her guard. She lost all and gained nothing, even the money given to her that night for the encounter became useless. Between the time that particular incident happened and now, several similar stories have made headlines even in newspapers and the social media is agog with related stories too. Yet, many are still being lured like moth to fire, despite the gruesome and harrowing experiences of victims and their families. Daily, men and women perhaps due to low moral and societal values and economic hardship, position themselves as target for spiritual harakiri. About 10 years ago, I met a woman who had just packed out of her matrimonial home at the time. Her story was both intriguing and mind blowing such that till date, I find it difficult to forget. According to her, her husband was a God-fearing, homely and loving husband until he had a little problem at the office. In the process of looking for spiritual assistance as advised by some people, he was introduced to a prophet.

She said though she did not like the guy, he became a permanent fixture in their home because of the relationship that ensued after her husband's challenge was solved. She said soon, her husband began exhibiting strange ideas and behaviours, especially his opinion about women and extra marital affairs and bringing home all sorts of funny ritual stuff. Confronting him with his now obvious philandering and preference for juju and rituals always resulted in big quarrels between them. Then, one night, he woke her up for what he called a serious discussion and dropped a bombshell.

He was doing it for her welfare and that of the children. How? To secure their future! How will dating all sorts of women and rituals secure their future. He told her to forget about jealousy, which he described as a woman's problem that blinds them from seeing the good in people and things and open her mind to what he was about to share with her. He told her that sleeping with the various women was for spiritual purposes, rather than his need for sex. That the more women he sleeps with, the more good fortune will come his way through them. He said she should look all around her and the great men of power in the country as well as many others who have women flocking around them. He said, for the women it is about financial gain and social status, but for the men, it is much more than that as they use them to boost their own spiritual powers to achieve more successes. He asked her if she thought sleeping with such a large number of women was fun? It was at that point that she realised that her husband had lost it. A few weeks later, she woke up in the dead of the night and overheard him talking to the prophet. He was giving him the profile of a married woman in the neighbourhood to check if she was alright for him to bed. She knew then that she had to run to save herself and her children. On one hand was the danger of STDs and HIV and also the possibility of herself or the children becoming a target should the prophet say so. At the time, I asked myself if a university graduate with the man's level of exposure could sink so low? I have since concluded that the answers cannot be found using those indices. They are found in something more deep rooted in our psyche. If only the preys know!! Do have a wonderful weekend!!

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Version: 2016-02-14T10:20

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NEW DELHI: CPI member D Raja moved a private member resolution in the Rajya Sabha seeking abolition of capital punishment and an imposition of moratorium on all death sentences till the necessary amendments are made to existing laws.

However, BJP member Subramanian Swamy said the resolution should be rejected, arguing that except for some "crazy , liberal" countries in Europe, most nations, including US, Russia and Arab countries, have capital punishment.

Raja said, "The time has come for India to say emphatic "no" to capital punishment by making amendments to various laws, which have provision for death penalty so as to abolish capital punishment in the country . Till that time, impose moratorium on execution of death sentences."

Asserting that India should take a stand on the is sue, Raja said the majority of the UN members have voted in support of the UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on death penalty and India is among the minority of member countries still voting against the resolution.

Swamy also said that Congress is confused about capital punishment because even though they hanged Afzal Guru, they want to pardon the killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

Among Internet-savvy youth in Third World countries, eBay especially has the reputation of being a cash cow. Or, depending on your political orientations, a means to justly correct the wealth imbalances between poor and rich countries.

Yeah, fake tongkat ali extract sold via eBay. It is a 99.9 percent safe crime. The danger of a scam victim in California initiating prosecution against a scammer [2] in Calcutta is already almost nil.

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4 Tribal youths make use of traditional knowledge in herbal medicine, set up business in their region


Amended: 2016-05-06T05:34

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At a time when youths from rural areas are migrating to the cities in search of jobs and better life, four tribal youths from HD Kote taluk have successfully set up a business in their own region, making use of their traditional knowledge in herbal medicine.

Ravi, Mada, Surendra and Latha, all from Donnemadana Haadi in N Beguru panchayat Anthara santhe, have started a herbal massage parlour- ''Saptharishi Rejuvenation and Massage Centre" and it is said to be the first massage parlour set up the tribal youths.

Trained in Ayurveda and para-medicine at the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement Ayurvedic Hospital in Kenchanahalli village in HD Kote, these youths decided to make a living out of it and this led them to starting the parlour.

All of them did their schooling from SVUM, a semi-residential school meant only for the tribal children at Hosahalli inside the forest area.

Ravi, the brain behind this venture, said the main reason for starting this parlour is to provide quality service to the customers at an affordable price and also to protect and popularise the rich tribal culture of preparing medicines from the herbs which are available in the woods.

Now, do you believe that anybody puts down that amount of money and than just runs an ebay storefront and auctions off capsules by the bottle or extract in 50-gram pouches? Some people have strange ideas after being blinded by seeing a tag that advertises a lower price.

So, what do people sell on eBay [3] as tongkat ali powder or extract, loose or in capsules?

"Earlier, every household used to prepare medicines from the herbs. But now, only a few age old tribal men have this knowledge. If we don't protect it, it will vanish soon", he said.

He said, he and his friends have a plan to conduct a study on the medicinal herbs and plants available in the region and publish a book about them and their uses.

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