Witchcraft in Modern Africa. Witches, Witch-Hunts and Magical Imaginaries
Hexenglauben im modernen Afrika Hexen, Hexenverfolgung und magische Vorstellungswelten. Burghart Schmidt and Rolf Schulte (Hg.). Collection on witchcraft, vol. 5, paperback, English/German, 17 x 24 cm, 255 pages, num. figures., ISBN 3-934-632-15-7, EAN 9783934623158, price € 28,80 (D), US-$ 38,50 / £ 24,20.
and witch-hunts have been as long part of African cultures, as beliefs
in the occult and magic have been. Rumors about politicians or soccer
clubs using magic to ensure the achievement of their goals, as well as
reports on informal and neighborly conflicts based on witchcraft
accusations, play a central role in a threateningly perceived reality.
and witch-hunts are by no means mere remnants of traditional African
folklore, but real, present and part of a social drama that present
real, almost insurmountable challenges for African governments.
This book provides insights into varied psychological, religious and
social implications of the witch- craft beliefs in different African
regions and ethnic groups. These contributions aim to contribute to a
deeper understanding of the social environments on a continent in