Let’s Talk. About Witchcraft

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Today I got educated on witchcraft. If we go to the etymology (root) of the word, its derived from a German word ‘weit’ wise, so the translation would be something like ‘Craft of the wise.’ So then to be considered wise means you possess a certain knowledge and are able to manipulate that knowledge with a certain end or goal in mind. Hence witches therefore are those who are able to manipulate knowledge.

So where then did it become a negative thing? Well we all know how everything African is backward and savage yada yada. At the same time there’s a knowledge that is indigenous to a people and is handed from generation to generation, be it for purposes of healing, resolving conflicts/natural disasters etc for the purpose of the survival of that group of indigenous peoples. An outsider, unless willing to learn will not have an understanding. And there is a human thing, especially westernized mind because of that superiority virus of dismissing and dominating or trying to control everything, denigrating, disregarding and down right being disrespectful and dismissing this form of knowledge. So witchcraft no longer is a wise craft but superstition, magical thinking and such like. Shame because those with this knowledge die with it and that becomes that. And those still among the living are inaccessible due to fearing for their lives so they rather keep the knowledge to themselves.

When did the church then come into the picture with regards to this? When you study church history from the time of Constantine, then come all the way up to the doctrine of discovery where the Church plunged Western world into the dark ages, then it makes sense why there’s a boogey called witchcraft. They were all about domination and control, you can see how that would not fit very well with any other source of knowledge/knowing because it’s an affront on its agenda.

So how about our current conceptualization of the word? Well I would argue let’s be more curious than dismissive. Does this mean attributing all human mishaps to witchcraft and disregarding responsibility of our own actions? Of course we know if you don’t follow certain rules, don’t keep your obligations, now we know trauma starts from how we parent/were parented, if we are to go by the definition of the word then we are gaining knowledge that hopefully will make us wise crafters. Manipulating this knowledge towards creating a better society. So should we be afraid of words or rather get to the heart of issues to get solutions, like those before us were trying to do before they were violently disrupted. Just thinking đŸ¤”


Please use this for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for seeking out professional help. The views expressed here in are  from my personal experiences as well as from those I have interacted with. And while one may resonate with what is shared, it’s not a substitute for appreciating your own unique personal experience. Always do your own research and due deligence on any topic to guard against being hoodwinked

Published by nasewangari

Clinical Psychologist| Humanist| Great passion for demystifying and decolonizing mental health

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