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Hex Death
05-02-2020, 07:58 AM
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Hex Death
Also called “voodoo death,” hex death is
death from a hex or curse resulting from black magic or
the breaking of a taboo. The critical factor in hex death
is belief. If a person believes that a witch or sorcerer can
make him die by cursing him or by pointing a finger or
bone at him, he probably will expire, and no amount of
Western conventional medicine can save him. Hex death
may be in part a self-fulfilling prophecy.

In her studies on hex death, anthropologist Joan Halifax-Grof
lists four causes: 1) secretly administered poisons
or other physical agents; 2) the relationship between
physical and emotional factors in the victim; 3) societal
reactions in a particular culture; and 4) parapsychological
influences. Poisons and physical agents are obvious
malfacteurs; if administered “magically,” with plenty of
ceremony, they may kill without the victim’s knowledge.
The second category refers to the fact that a person
literally can die from fright. In stressful situations the
adrenaline surges, preparing the body either to fight or
escape. If neither is possible, the body could suffer both
short- and long-term damage, such as shock, lowering of
blood pressure and attacking of the body’s immune system.
Rage affects the body as well. Finally, if the victim
believes his cursed situation to be hopeless, he begins to
experience feelings of helplessness, incompetence, despair
and worthlessness. Illness sets in, which the victim
has no desire to fight, and eventually he succumbs.
Psychologists term this situation the giving up/given up
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