Take for example the case of smallpox in western Nigeria. A powerful cult had developed around the disease dedicated to Sopona. Cases and disputes were taken before Sopona and the people were made to swear. Some time later, one of the parties that swore suddenly developed smallpox and this was seen as the wrath of Sopona upon the person and hence a proof of guilt. The Sopona adherents continually propagated this for centuries.
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