Eight self-proclaimed prophets were killed at a ceremony in a river in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe.
Prophets from the Vadzidzi vaJeso Apostolic sect drowned in the Mazowe River on Saturday, October 30.
At 2 p.m., the prophets went into a trance during their yearly Passover ceremony and stampeded into the Hungumwe River, which flows into the Mazowe Tsvinje River, drowning.
According to local media, the prophets were competing to retrieve a “holy stick” in the deep waters of the river during a ritual to select a baptist.
The provincial development coordinator for Mashonaland Central Province, Timothy Maregere, who confirmed the incident, said that their bodies had since been retrieved.
“The group consisted of 10 ‘prophets’ and only two survived,” Maregere said.
Mashonaland Central deputy police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Naison Dhliwayo, on Sunday, named the now deceased as Nickson Singano (29), Peter Marera (31), Tendai Marera (28), Alexeio Makombe (26), Tichawana Katiyo (32), Isaac Dokora (21), Lanciot Dokora (34) and Chriswell Kunyengerera.
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