Two recent stories have highlighted the extremes to which people will go to rid themselves of their imaginary enemies.
New Zealand: A woman was drowned by her relatives in an attempt to rid her of a curse.
Janet Moses, a mother of two, was held under water in an attempt to drive away a makutu, or Maori curse. Containers holding anextensive amountof water were brought into the lounge of the house, in Wellington, for the ceremony...
The exorcism ritual was held because the woman's relatives believed a curse had been put on her after another member of her family stole a taonga, meaning treasured artefact, belonging to someone else.
India: A man has married a dog to help rid himself of a curse he believes he brought upon himself by stoning two other dogs to death.
Fifteen years back Selvakumar was physically fit. But, once he attacked a pair of dogs and thereafter Kumar could not move his limbs freely,the relative, Ramu, told the BBC.
He tried every cure for his ailment but could not be rid of his disability.
“On the advice of an astrologer and others, he decided to marry a bitch to get cured. Then we arranged Selvakumar's marriage with a bitch.
One wonders if such marriages are consummated.