According to UNESCO, a number of traditions or customs across the world belong to the so-called Intangible Cultural Heritage. This means that along with masterpieces of world’s architecture, places of significance or archaeological sites, there is equally a number of cultural practices such as music, oral poetry, rituals or performing arts, which UNESCO strives to preserve.
Now, the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO succeeded in attracting funds for a project to safeguard the tradition of Witchcraft in this African country. As a result, the University of Zambia will be offering a course concerning the Intangible Culture of the country, in which Magic will be included.
As local media reported, UNESCO has actually granted US$340,000 to develop a Degree Program to train students in witchcraft, rituals and other aspects of traditional cultural heritage.
The news was widespread through HotFmZambia
UNZA to introduce a course in Intangible Heritage UNESCO has given the University of Zambia 340,000 Dollars to…
Witchcraft, Science and Christianity
The news about the initiation of a Witchcraft course in the University of Zambia gave rise to some hilarious rumors.
As Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulengahe put it, some Media claimed that the Government mobilizes Witchcraft as a science that can be productively used for the benefit of the nation.
Ms. Mulengahe stated that the allegations are blatant falsehoods. She also underscored that Zambia “is a Christian nation as enshrined in the preamble of the constitution”.
Indeed, in 2010, according to World Christian Trends, 85.5% of the population identified as Christian while 11.2% identified with indigenous religions. However, the traditional religions frequently blend with Christian practices.
In any case, we wish good luck to the students of this course!