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1. Kayuni, Hachintu Joseph. Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district .

Degree: 2013, University of South Africa

This study examined the alleged prevalence of Satanism in Zambia, with a particular reference to the Kabwe District during the period 2010-2013. The overall objective was to ascertain the claims and speculations on the alleged prevalence of Satanism in the district of Kabwe. The claims about the alleged prevalence of Satanism and the satanic scare were found by this study to be a reality in Kabwe, with eighty-eight per cent (88%) of the respondents acknowledging the alleged prevalence of the phenomenon. People’s knowledge of Satanism was mainly through rumours, messages from Churches and the electronic media. Studies on rumours (by Stephen Ellis, Gerrie Ter Haar and Jeffrey Victor) have shown that rumours can be investigated in the search for facts, especially rumours that offer plausible explanations for people’s shared anxieties. The above mentioned scholars argue that with efforts at corroboration, such as by interviewing key informants, the researcher can seek credibility on prevailing rumours by verifying or dismissing mere rumours from true stories. The assertions from scholars above justified the use of rumours as a methodological tool in this study. From sources of information the study relied on, claims about the alleged prevalence of Satanism in the district were investigated. The study refuted the satanic claims in a number of cases that were analysed, because they were mostly based on ‘pious legends’ hence lacked objective evidence. From the few incidents that suggested the prevalence of Satanism, there were still two basic problems faced in assessing their credibility: the first being the difficulty in determining the reliability of the confessions from informants who in this case either claimed they were ex-Satanists or served on behalf of Satanists. The second problem consisted in what seemed to be the inconsistency in the explanations of motives behind human killings found in the ritual murders. Some explanations did not suggest satanic motives. One example of refuted claims concerned the two locations within Kabwe district which were highly rumoured to be sites for Satanists, which were found by this study to be Freemasonry Lodges, contrary to what was rumoured.From the findings of this study, it was believed that people joined Satanism either because of the greedy for riches or to avoid poverty. It was also believed that other peoples joined Satanism unconsciously through luring methods used by Satanists. The study also found the satanic scare to have effects on the lives of people in the district. For example, it caused some people to become more committed Christians in their defence against the alleged satanic forces. Because people had associated riches to Satanism, certain individuals avoided getting rich for fear of being labelled ‘Satanists’. Advisors/Committee Members: Lubbe, G. J. A (advisor), Cheyeka, A. M (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: Black magic; Church of Satan; Demonology; Devil worship; Economic despondency; Kabwe District; Lenje People; Modern Satanism; Occult religion; Ritual murder; Rumours; Satanic Bible; Satanic scare; Satanism; Serial killer; Zambia

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APA (6th Edition):

Kayuni, H. J. (2013). Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/11978

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Kayuni, Hachintu Joseph. “Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district .” 2013. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Africa. Accessed January 21, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/11978.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Kayuni, Hachintu Joseph. “Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district .” 2013. Web. 21 Jan 2021.

Vancouver:

Kayuni HJ. Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2013. [cited 2021 Jan 21]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/11978.

Council of Science Editors:

Kayuni HJ. Investigating the prevalence of Satanism in Zambia with particular reference to the Kabwe district . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2013. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/11978

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