Tag: <span>black magic</span>

Curses, black magic and witchdoctors: Ancient beliefs at large in remote NT communities

Halfway through a shift and Kara Burgoyne would turn and leave, as if it were a fire drill.

The entire building would empty out, deserting any confused newcomer who happened to be shopping in the Angurugu community store.

On Groote Eylandt, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Indigenous residents widely believe in curses, which can be placed on any person, place or object.

Groote Eylandt man jailed over rape of stepdaughter

An aboriginal man who twice raped his young stepdaughter, telling her his sweat will “protect her from the black magic”, will serve at least four years and nine months in jail.

The 30-year-old Groote Eylandt man, who had syphilis and an “atrocious” criminal record, committed the abhorrent offences against the girl, aged 10 or 11, between May and August last year.