I refuse to play a game of who knows more about traditional afrikan religions because that proclamation is based on who has read the most books, and not on overstanding the application of religion and its beneficial or counterproductive properties. Seen.
My knowledge of traditional African religion (especially Dahomean Vodoun and Kongo ngunza) doesn't come form books but through rituals. Conducting rituals with symbolic objects and gestures bring appropriate guidance because we can transcend superficiality i.e the prejudice of the Western World.. Traditional African religions are very complex. So, IMO, their ethical worthiness and powers cannot be grasped in books as you think.. As for myself, the mental, spiritual and emotions impressions I have of traditional African religions are not with reason but with paranormal empiricism.. like most people who have true connection with the Other World and the ancestors anyway.
.... because of the dog-eat-dog nature of the society that slavery created, many people consult obeahmen/women for negative purposes like that, or for things like, to try and get a visa to go to the U.S. And nuff of the obeahmen/women is pure frauds anyway, I'm sure there are those with a real overstanding of the powers and who use these powers for good, but nuff of them is money-hungry confidence tricksters, that's a fact.
It's not correct to say that the majority of obeah priesthood is pure fraud. Most of the knowledgeable and skilled practitioners of Vodoun priests I know (in fact, Obeah priests too I'm sure) are good, law-abiding people. They would prefer we act with love and compassion towards all other things. But, it's up to us to whether we use the Power of the Loas (spirits or Creator Source energies) to rob a bank, or to campaign for nuclear disarmament. The responsibility is right into own selves! Also, if you knew anything of the fundamentals of magic, you would know that the Obeah priest only magnifies the energies of our own minds. It is the follower of Obeah who must harness the energy of his own mind with his power of WILL to an end destination to obtain achievement and success. So, simply having the Obeah priest, diviner or healer prescribing rituals as well as giving us advices does not mean that they will have "power" or "effects", we must tune ourselves to the vibration of the source of all energy in order for us to receive their effects. The fulfillment of our plans always come from self and must first be within self.
The passage Preach quoted is indeed quite reasonable. But I dare say I could leaf through Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' and find SOMETHING reasonable in there.
Yes indeed, Hitler and the Nazi party possessed traditional religious and magical knowledge that they used for selfishness and harmfulness! Today, even the CIA continues to exploit the same knowledge and powers for espionage to wreak havoc and destruction the world over. Their morbid use of Shamanic traditions is no more than Satanism characterize "philosophical and practical proper".