I picked up a slim book that is proving to be a treasure: Foundations of African Traditional Religion and Worldview by Yusufu Turaki. And I realized this morning, that those hours of traffic torture are a window into the every-day every-hour experience of many Africans. Because besides benevolent and evil spirits, they also perceive a that all of creation is "infused with . . impersonal power" which can be used "for both good and evil. The existence of wicked human beings and wicked spirit beings, who also have access to mysterious powers, makes life full of uncertainties--rife with unpredictable wickedness and and evil and dangerous to human beings. Thus traditional Africans who believe in the impersonal powers feel they are at the mercy of benevolent or wicked users of these powers."
So I suppose it is a good thing for us to enter into the experience of unpredictable malevolence. We are so used to a world that contains some order, some limits, some laws, some assurances and protections, that it is not until we are in the dark of night in a city of dangers that we can glimpse the world view of our neighbors.
And it makes the good news that much better, that the Creator is not only benevolent (willing good towards us) but also imminent, involved, and interested enough to take part in this world "densely populated" with spiritual beings and forces.