Excerpt from the Jamaica Gleaner:
The caller said that the belief in Tivoli was that Mr and Mrs Johnson had worked obeah on Jah T and caused his death. This was said to Jim Brown, who was in General Penitentiary awaiting extradition to the US. Jim Brown confirmed the request for action to be taken against Mr and Mrs Johnson.One morning, gunmen entered their house and shot Mr Johnson at the door. They went upstairs and shot Mrs Johnson to death.
Pierre V.L. Dupuch compared the current political campaign – even speculated on it having roots in – the magical practice of Obeah. Here is what was said (bold mine):
Obeah is a Cult where the Gatekeeper, the person who decides life or death, is called Papa. Do you remember Papa Doc, the man who turned Haiti into a land of crime, murder, poverty and paupers?
Hubert Ingraham himself from a public platform said: “I am the Gatekeeper … “
And it is said that the black hat he often wears is an Obeah hat.
Hubert Ingraham, I understand, has said: My name is “Hubert Papa Ingraham.”
Tee shirts have been printed that say, “It’s Papa or nuttin.”
Ads run in the local press say, “He’s my Papa, he’ll take care of me.”
Why Obeah – why the topic that has brought both awe and fear into the hearts of men from the times of the earliest African history? Much is said of Voodoo, of Santeria, or Palo Mayombe or other religions taken from the African continent and transplanted to Caribbean soil. Yet, Obeah remains more mysterious than all. Please join our community to understand Obeah, to practice Obeah and to allow Obeah to guide our lives with its spiritual principles.