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Witches in China Get Into the Spirit of Farming Classes

July 17, 1986|United Press International

PEKING — Chinese witches in the southern province of Guangdong are smashing their spirit altars and flocking to government-organized agriculture classes, a Canton newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Canton Evening News said that women in nearby Hua county, some of whom had failed as farmers, have turned to witchcraft, setting up "spirit altars where they cheat people of their money."

But one of them, named Huang, took classes in agricultural science, raised a bumper crop of fruit using her newfound knowledge and "was so happy that she smashed her spirit altar and asked other witches to get into agricultural production," the paper said. About 60 witches then "volunteered" for the classes so they could give up soothsaying for farming.

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