If you look at the 100 personalities – do you see them? the changes in the eyes? As said previously Lying was easier than breathing for Cecilia, said Rajivec, who was Cecilia’s best friend for over four years. She said that Cecilia could do things to a person without them even knowing about it. She could apparently turn into a werewolf herself and hold her breath underwater for more than an hour. She could even walk on water.
During the ongoing trial, Cecilia Steyn revealed that she has a tattoo of the South African Communist Party (SACP) badge. Explaining her political affiliations to the court, Steyn said:
“I have an SACP badge … I was a member of the SACP and the ANC Women’s League.”
Steyn has vehemently denied being a Satanist. Despite witness statements which point to Steyn believing she was the ‘Bride of Satan’ and a 42nd-generation witch, the accused has claimed to be a steadfast Christian.
Strangely, the OTC group’s religious mission was to convert Satanists to Christianity.
According to Ravijec, Cecilia suffered from dissociative identity disorder and had more than 100 different personalities.
In a letter Rajivec read out in court, the writer, named “Elise”, who was allegedly Cecilia’s mother, said that “Anja”, a three-year-old girl who was one of Cecilia’s personalities, should be taken care of.
“She is very loyal and becomes weak quickly,” the letter read. It urged the reader to feed “Anja” regularly and to look after her. The letter warns the reader against “Akeshia” (powerful), the personality who, according to Rajivec, was second-in-command, whereas “Anja” was the purest form of Cecilia.
Rajivec said further that Cecilia had told her that she was a 42nd-generation witch and the strongest witch of them all. As the bride of Satan, Cecilia claimed she had met him and she had to endure rituals in order for them to become one.
She told Rajivec that her “daughter” (possibly “Anja”) was a 43rd-generation witch and werewolf and that she sometimes made her walk on all fours to practise.
Over to TimesLIVE:
Rijavic said she met Cecilia Steyn in 2008 and they became inseparable best friends. “I heard endless stories about her background. She said her birth was prophesied many years ago,” said Rijavic. Cecilia claimed to have been subjected to ritual abuse by her family, had become part of the occult and had supernatural powers. “She said she was the most powerful witch on the planet, that she could astral travel, disappear and reappear.
“She said she could do things to people without touching them, she was known to be ‘the bride of Satan’ and she went through training and she met Satan,” Rijavic told the court. Cecilia had claimed that her spirit could leave her body. “She was known to travel to the moon. There were no limitations to where she could go.” Cecilia, the court heard, also had multiple personalities, the ability to turn into a baby or a wolf and could hold her breath under water for an hour.
Rijavic said Cecilia [below] had made people believe that she was actually vomiting blood when in reality she had put small “balls of blood” in her mouth and was just acting. “She would drive to a place where there is no one, draw blood from herself using a syringe, take the blood and put it in cut plastic gloves. She would put the small balls in her mouth and fake a convulsion.”
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The belief in occult forces is still deeply rooted in many African societies, regardless of education, religion, and social class of the people concerned. According to many Africans its incidence is even increasing due to social stress and strain caused (among others) by the process of modernization.
Most often magic and witchcraft accusations work to the disadvantage of the poor and deprived, but under particular circumstances they become a means of the poor in the struggle against oppression by establishing “cults of counterviolence.”
Magic and witchcraft beliefs have increasingly been instrumentalized for political purposes. Apparently they can be used to support any kind of political system, whether despotic or democratic. The belief in occult forces has serious implications for development cooperation. Development projects, which constitute arenas of strategic groups in their struggle for power and control over project resources, are likely to add further social stress to an already endangered precarious balance of power, causing witchcraft accusations to flourish. In addition, witchcraft accusations may serve as indicators of hidden social conflicts which are difficult to detect by other methods.
Based on a review of the literature and on the author’s comparative studies in three African societies, this article will answer the following questions:
First, what are the general characteristics of occult beliefs in Africa?
Second, what are the underlying reasons behind witchcraft accusations, and who are the major targets of such accusations?
Third, how widely are occult beliefs instrumentalized for political purposes, and how does this affect the process of democratization?
Fourth, do witchcraft accusations have any significance for poverty-alleviating development planning?
Dissociative identity disorder is characterized by the presence of two or more distinct or split identities or personality states that continually have power over the person’s behavior. With dissociative identity disorder, there’s also an inability to recall key personal information that is too far-reaching to be explained as mere forgetfulness. With dissociative identity disorder, there are also highly distinct memory variations, which fluctuate with the person’s split personality.
The “alters” or different identities have their own age, sex, or race. Each has his or her own postures, gestures, and distinct way of talking. Sometimes the alters are imaginary people; sometimes they are animals. As each personality reveals itself and controls the individuals’ behavior and thoughts, it’s called “switching.” Switching can take seconds to minutes to days. When under hypnosis, the person’s different “alters” or identities may be very responsive to the therapist’s requests.
Sometimes, people confuse dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder, and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia does mean “split mind,” but the name was meant to describe the ‘split’ from reality that you experience during an episode of psychosis, as well as changes in thoughts, emotions, and other functions. Dissociative identity disorder, on the other hand, does cause a split or fragmented understanding of a person’s sense of themselves.
Dissociative identity disorder is really more about fragmented identities than many different personalities that develop on their own. Most people see different parts of their being as part of the whole person. For people who experience DID, identity fragments may have very different characteristics, including their own history, identity, and mannerisms. A key part of DID is dissociation—feeling detached to the world around you. People who experience DID may have many unexplainable gaps in their memory, forget information they’re already learned, or have difficulties recalling things they’ve said or done. Unlike portrayals of DID on TV or in movies, DID may not be obvious to others, and it can take a lot of time to come to the diagnosis.
Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that causes hallucinations (sensations that aren’t real) and delusions (beliefs that can’t possibly be true, in addition to other symptoms like jumbled thoughts, jumbled speech, and difficulties expressing emotions. People who experience schizophrenia may hear or feel things that aren’t real or believe things that can’t be real, but these aren’t separate identities.