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Encounters with witchcraft
Norman N. Miller

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Encounters with witchcraft
field notes from Africa
Norman N. Miller

Published 2012 by State University of New York Press in Albany .
Written in English.

Table of Contents

Prologue: first encounter
The colonial days
An archeologist's view of witchcraft
Ancient spirit paintings
Lion-men and colonial witch trials
Angry man with a cross-bow
Witchcraft and the Congo pygmies
Crocodile bile and the poison principle
Living with witches
The witchcraft trial of Mohammadi
The woman who poisoned a chief
The issue of death by suggestion
Witchcraft symbols in western Tanzania
Reflections on Mohammadi
Through African eyes: the arts
The gift of an execution mask
Seeing witchcraft images in nature
The witch's toolkit: implements and artifacts
Guns, throwing knives and power symbols
Spirit art and the ideas of an African chief
Witch-hunters and witch-cleansers
Secrets of a professional witch hunter
Using witch hunters for political coercion
A famous witch-cleanser in Malawi
Faith healers, snake handlers, herbalists
Kajiwe (little stone), Kenyan witch-hunter
Witchcraft and violence
Meeting Idi Amin in Uganda
State-sponsored terror with witchcraft skin gangs and secret societies on trial: witchcraft court cases
A rough map of witchcraft in eastern Africa
The spirit wars
How prophet movements use witchcraft healing
The sick by the sea
"Evil eye" among desert people
Witchcraft violence in an African Christian church
Missionary zeal: African spirits versus Christian spirits
Witchcraft and juju economics
Smuggling of witchcraft poisons and products
Long distance trade in protective medicines
The healer's trade: witchcraft as a diagnosis
Commercialization and urbanization of witchcraft
Spirit art, devil art and modern art for profit
Witch beliefs as barriers to economic development
Political witchcraft
Witchcraft threats and mafia-like politics
The Tanzanian holocaust: the Sungusungu killings
Meeting Kenya's President Moi
Devil cults in Nairobi: alleged satanic practices
The use of witchcraft in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army
Rebellion in Kenya: the rise of mungiki
Lessons learned
"Look, there is no 'paranormal'"
Lessons from a little boy
How witchcraft really works: an African view
Death by suggestion: a final confession
Killing elders as witches, the rise of senecide
Mohammadi's shadow
Return to my village
Dramatic changes over the years
Why witches are never mentioned
The truth about Mohammadi's life
The mystery resolved
Epilogue: the future of witchcraft.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
BF1584.A53 M55 2012

The Physical Object

p. cm.

ID Numbers

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9781438443584, 9781438443577
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