Religious views on Black Magic
In many Asian cultures and religions, just as you might find in any Western culture, there are beliefs about good and evil. It’s universally accepted that good and evil exists in various shapes and forms wherever you are in the world. However, when it comes to religious beliefs they are more often than not set in stone. A religious belief is a concept that is accepted by that particular religion and so as a follower of that religion you are expected to conform to that belief.
Throughout Asia there are several main religions that either accept the existence of supernatural powers, for good or evil, or flatly refute them. Herein lies the problem. If a religion whole heartedly accepts that someone might have a mystical power that is designed to carry out good deeds then where is the opposite? There must be an opposite position if that religion is to determine the difference between good and evil.
The Sikh religion in general does not accept Black Magic as a power, as a weapon or as a means for controlling another person against their will. Sikhs do however believe in god and therefore believe in good and bad but not in the devil or demons as such. Sikhism is a relatively new religion spanning only around 500 years, which currently has around 25 million followers worldwide.
The Muslim Religion
The Muslim religion is very much aligned to the good and evil that is both seen and unseen. Muslims believe that Black Magic is very real and
even educated Muslims are of the belief that if a young girl has not received proposals of marriage then she must be cursed. Within the Muslim communities are Black Magic practitioners called “Amils”. Amils are regularly contacted about all types of problems faced by Muslim believers including loss of a job, career or business, family problems and infertility.
The Hindu Religion
The Hindu religion is immersed in deep-rooted beliefs about astrology, Black Magic and the role of negative and positive energies. It is believed that Black Magic is a form of negative energy that is being manipulated by someone with the intention to do harm to others. Interfering with the natural flow of positive energy can have an effect on logical thought patterns, which can cause people to do things out of character.
Many Hindus believe they should take steps to protect themselves against the harmful effects of Black Magic and do so in several ways including, drawing auspicious pictures or rangolis and placing them at the threshold of their homes. They also believe that religious music, prayers and mantras will ward off any ill-effects of Black Magic.
Asian views on Black Magic
All over the Asian continent there are people who believe in Black Magic and there are those who don’t. As we move ever forward the younger generations especially, tend to disassociate themselves with certain issues concerning ancient practices and beliefs. Modern technology is partly responsible as many people now have access to the internet, special interest forums and special interest groups, where topics such as Black Magic might be discussed.
In ancient times throughout Asia, the Black Magic question was never even contemplated. Virtually everyone believed in it and feared it. In many cases it is this instilled fear that has carried the belief through the generations. As tales of evil-doing and deadly ill-effects are so closely associated with the practice of Black Magic then the fear is somewhat compounded with every case that is heard of or experienced.
On the other hand and in complete contrast, some Asian people have completely disassociated themselves from all mention of Black Magic, curses and spells and take a much broad-minded approach to the subject. To declare one side is right and the other wrong is however too simplistic. The foundations of all beliefs whether religious, political or otherwise generally have roots in a people’s heritage and culture.
It almost always comes down to experience
Those Asian people’s who believe in Black Magic today, do so as a result of either first-hand experience or because of a dogged belief passed down by their parents. Many young Asian people would not dare question their parent’s belief. If it were the case that the believer does so because they have seen the effects of Black Magic with their own eyes then it would be very difficult to persuade them otherwise. If they were first told about Black Magic and then saw some kind of evidence then their belief would become unshakeable.
However, for those who do not believe in Black Magic it is unlikely they will be convinced unless they too experience the effects or witness the effects first-hand. For many non-believers the notion of a Black Magic power, which can be used against someone in a controlling manner, is complete hokum and belongs in the past with a myriad of other superstitious “old wives tales”. Even if shown irrefutable proof, it is still unlikely they would accept this as the work of an evil power. Instead they are more likely to search for a more down to earth explanation.
Whichever belief is chosen, there can be no doubt that Black Magic is still practised in many parts of Asia and the effects are very real to those who have been directly affected. It will almost always come down to personal experience in deciding whether a person believes or not. In conclusion then the views of Asian people about the existence of a Black Magic power, which can be manipulated and used for devious purposes, is a matter of experience or teaching. All research suggests that Black Magic is without doubt practised but the question of how effective it actually is in terms of believability, is a matter of personal choice.