I wonder what neo-pagans and others who revere…

I wonder what neo-pagans and others who revere the good ol’ days when mediciene used leeches and hanging stuff to repel fairies think of places like in parts of rural Africa were people kill others because they suspect people are putting curses on their family, people die because they turn to magic for snake bites, kill or dismember albino people because their body parts are used for magic, and animals are sacrificed for divination used to decide if someone is guilty of a crime.

so true. superstitions have a very dangerous potential; since superstitions usually are non-testable and therefore not verifiable claims, they can be instrumentalised to control believers or at least rip them off (religion, homeopathy, astrology, etc). as you mentioned, in the worst case people get killed for not conforming to the superstition or can not get the help they need, like real medical treatment. we still live in a demon-haunted world…