So... anti-bullet charms are apparently a thing that grown-adults believe exist in the modern world. Unsurprisingly this has led to some fatalities. In particular, a man has died after testing out his anti-bullet charms only to discover that magic doesn't do much against a ballistic projectile travelling around 400 metres per second. The man in question belonged to a vigilante group in the Nigerian city of Katsina called the Isan Gona.
The group had gathered at the home of one of their leaders as part of an initiation ceremony for new members when one of the group had decided to make a show of bravery. He had spent a great deal of time preparing and working on his anti-bullet charms and wrapped himself in them for protection ready to show off to his comrades.
He then shot himself with a nearby gun and instantly died on the scene. The rest of the vigilante group fled the scene although police report that a few members of the man’s family and friends remained behind to help with tend to the body.
Charms and superstition play a big role in Nigerian culture and this is not the first time an anti-bullet charm failed to do its job. In 2003 a man shot and killed himself after testing an anti-bullet charm he had made for a client. In a mind-boggling display of idiocy the herbalist had justified the act by saying he had tested the charm on dead bodies and it had worked. How had it worked on a dead body? We don’t know. We just don’t know. Such a claim raises only more questions and leaves us more confused than before.
In another incident a 13-year-old boy died after a local herbalist used him as a guinea pig for another anti-bullet charm, this particular man deciding not to test the charm on himself. The young boy unfortunately died during the rush to hospital, while the herbalist fled the village for fear of retribution and was never caught.
What are your thoughts on this bizarre story? Do you think the guy got what he deserved? Or is this a sign of how badly education needs to be taken seriously in the world? Should we feel sad at the loss of life? Or should we just acknowledge the hilarious bullet-shaped elephant in the room and have a chuckle? Let us know in the comments below!