Revival Of Witchcraft In Tonga Concerns Authorities

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Police investigate incidents of ‘calling up the devil’

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Taimi Online, Nov. 15, 2012) – In Tongan it is called "Uiui Tevolo", translated as "calling up the dead" or more literally "calling up the devil."

It is a practice that has been known in Tonga from time immemorial, but in the past two centuries, it has been regarded as something of pagan origin, and seriously frowned on by churches and Christians in general.

However, in recent weeks there has been a sort of revival of this practice among some villagers in Tongatapu, and even church people have been involved.

It is so serious that last week; the police were called on to investigate this latest phenomenon in the kingdom’s social intercourse.

This practice, which is a form of witchcraft, has been used to defame relatives and "enemies" of the practitioners.

Wizard boards, cards, palm reading, etc. have been forms used to communicate voices from the nether world.

Practitioners boast of being able to move objects by some form of mental telepathy.

Voices, alleged to be "from the grave" are heard and communicated by the practitioners.

And to defame families and other villagers who may have been on the fall-out with practitioners, they have used information that alleges crimes of incest, thievery, adultery, etc.

An increasing number of people have made complaints to the police for damages to their reputation by false information supposedly gotten when "calling up the dead."

What is also disturbing to many church leaders is that some of those lured by this witchcraft practice are church elders.

A police officer told Taimi Online that he has been involved with other officers in trying to bring reconciliation to villagers who have been damaged by the "calling up the devil" practice.

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