I see the old "medicine-man-can-defeat-bullets" myth is still out there.
A Nigerian healer has been shot dead after encouraging one of his customers to test the efficacy of his bullet-proof charms.
Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, was killed wearing the pendants around his neck after he instructed the man to fire his weapon.
The incident happened in the country's south-eastern Imo state and police say the shooter has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Some Nigerian doctors claim the charms harness various powers and can cure illnesses.
There's more at the link.
It's easy to mock such beliefs, but they've been around for centuries. Native American shamans allegedly used them to encourage the warriors of their tribes to fight white intruders; they were (and still are) common in African tribal religions; and I daresay something similar may be found in the Far East and South-East Asian regions, if you look hard enough. Hilaire Belloc put it unkindly, if succinctly, from the colonial point of view:
“Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim gun, and they have not.”
I only met someone convinced by such superstitions on one occasion, when he attempted to put me en brochette with an assegai. He was... ah... persuaded otherwise, not with a Maxim, but with a World War II-vintage Remington Rand copy of a Colt M1911A1 pistol.
Nevertheless, the same primitive superstitions are often encountered in the First World as well. How many consult their horoscope, or check their biorhythms, or wear or carry a lucky charm of some sort (a rabbit's foot, or a four-leaf clover, or something like that)? How many carry garlic as a protection against vampires, or wear a cross or crucifix to ward off evil? Such things are far more common than many would like to admit - and they're generally just as useless as faith in an anti-bullet amulet. In particular, the (mis)use of religious emblems is dangerously facile. If you, yourself, aren't fully living up to the requirements and expectations of your faith, why should a symbol of that faith protect you? Something more practical (against worldly threats, anyway) might be a lot more appropriate.