Have you heard about what is happening in Malawi? Well, first of all, you may be asking yourself—who or what is a Malawi? Malawi is a rather small country in southeastern Africa. It is bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. So what is happening? Malawi is like many other countries in Africa. Belief in witchcraft and the supernatural is common. In recent weeks much of Malawi has been in a panic because of rumors of vampirism.
It is believed that there are blood-suckers on the prowl, looking for victims whose blood they can drink. The purpose of this particular vampiric activity is to use the blood in witchcraft rituals. In addition to the vampirism, the people of Malawi believe these vampire witches can also shape-shift, or skin walk—that is, they can change their form from human into the shape of dog, cat or some other animal.
The situation has become very serious. People are so frightened that they have formed vigilante groups who are hunting vampires. There are accounts of people being dragged from their cars at roadblocks set up to catch vampires. As of this writing (Friday, October 13, 2017), there have been seven people killed by these vigilante mobs. Things have deteriorated to the point where U.N. workers have been pulled out of their posts. The President of Malawi has declared a 5:00 p.m. curfew in hopes that this will curb the activity of the vigilantes and restore some order. (Here is a U.N. report on this situation.)
The descriptions of the alleged vampire activity are consistent with what is believed about vampires or vampire-like creatures all over the world. Vampires are supernatural creatures with supernatural abilities. Shape-shifting is considered a common attribute. Even Count Dracula supposedly changed himself into a bat or a wolf on occasion. There is also a strong affiliation between vampirism and witchcraft. Vampires demonstrate many of the same paranormal powers as witches, shape-shifting is only one among them. It is significant that in many languages the same terms are used for both witches and vampires. For example, you have the bruxsa in Portugal, strega in Italy, Afe in Yoruba mythology, and the aswang in the Philippines. I have written about vampires earlier on this site. You might want to check out “The Truth About Vampires, Part 1” and “The Truth About Vampires, Part 2.”
Such a story almost doesn’t seem real to the American and western mind. Yet, it is all too real. We live in a largely secular, non-paranormal environment. And we forget, deny or ignore the reality of the spiritual forces at work around us. I remember talking with one African native missionary that ANM supports. He spoke of the prevalence of the occult in African culture. He said, “Here in America the Devil walks around with clothes on. In Africa he walks around naked.” In other words, there is no semblance or pretense to demonic activity. It is overt and blatant. But the situation is changing here in America…
Within the past decade or so we have seen vampires become a popular fad, indeed, one of the most popular entertainment genres in films, television, books, comic books, and magazines. Although the vampire frenzy has waned somewhat, it has not gone away. Along with vampires, we have also witnessed a flood movies and television show that feature zombies, witches, werewolves, ghosts and other supernatural creatures. The occult is alive and well—and growing in America. One of my main goals in the ministry of Truth Builders is to alert the church regarding the increasing prevalence of the occult in western culture. It is a growing phenomenon that must be taken seriously.
If we don’t, we may get to the point where we are experiencing our own vampire panics. Yes, as a culture we are now being transformed that radically. All the signs to this effect are there, if you look for them. God help us.
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