Crowds Come Over Roads and by Helicopters for Tanzanian’s Cure-All Potion

Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, March 28, 2011

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Ambilikile Mwasapile, a 76-year-old retired pastor in rural Tanzania, has been offering a herbal concoction that he bills as a miracle potion that can cure just about any illness. In the past few weeks, tens of thousands of sick people have scrambled for a sip of his homebrewed drink. Some, apparently, have even flown in by helicopter.

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Mr. Mwasapile, a former Lutheran preacher, lives in Samunge, a village in the middle of the savannah near the Kenya-Tanzania border. He began administering his miracle potion several months ago, and charges about 30 cents a cup. He says it can cure AIDS, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure–you name it.

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  • E

    What if someone convinced their fellow africans that eating cyanide was good for them, like a multi vitamin, or a muti. How long would it take them to realize cyanide is poison?

  • Yorkshireman.

    13 — E wrote at 9:30 AM on April 1:

    No, it would not be cyanide as a simple poison but cyanide as an evil spell. Cyanide is harmless without the spell and the fact that someone wants to do evil. See my post #9. Just how much of this voodoo lingers within the black african populations of UK/USA even after many generations in our civilized countries will remain a deep dark secret as they will certainly not discuss the subject with non-africans. However, on the fringes, there is ample evidence at spiritual revival meetings where the congregation is whipped up into a frenzy of hollering and fainting attacks following ‘laying on of hands’ along with collections of cash ‘for the church’. No one will ever convince me that the multitude of very young black children who are dragged along to witness such activities remain unaffected.