Friday, January 18, 2013


Man looks for the assistance of spiritual powers, real or imagined, to solve the problems which he faces in the physical world. In the consciousness of the people the physical is not to be separated from the spiritual; the spiritual is a higher realm directing and commanding the physical. These spirits are considered responsible for bodily wellbeing or sickness, social success or failure, abundance or scarcity of crops. These spirits are factors which must be reckoned with  in seeking protection against the forces, known and unknown, that influence the struggle for life. (Haile-Gabriel, 1971, p. 3)