Studies in Witchcraft, Magic, War and Peace in Africa: 19th and 20th Centuries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773457270
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/30/2006
  • Pages: 400

Table of Contents

Methodological premise
Pt. 1 Magical practices and witchcraft during warfare in the African continent (XIX-XX century)
Healing practices among the Senegalese community in Paris 3
The idea of witchcraft and the challenge of modern science 21
Cloth, hoes, and beads : Chikunda domination, the warlord Kanyemba and the Chapoto chieftaincy in Dande, Zimbabwe 37
The role of spirits in Swahili coastal society 61
Vhuloi and witch-hunting in late nineteenth century Vendaland 87
Notes on magical practices in Zanzibar and Pemba : the role of the Waganga during colonial times 115
Nanny's apron strings : magic, 'medicine', witchcraft and warfare in colonial and post-colonial West Africa 127
Vifo na mazishi : the impact of war on Kenya African soldiers' beliefs and attitudes towards death and Burials in colonial Kenya 151
Meeting Arthur Murimo Mafumo and his practices 171
Pt. 2 Magical practices and witchcraft as post-conflict peace-building and community healing processes in the African continent (XIX-XX century)
Hearthstones : religion, ethics and medicine in the healing process in the traditional Yoruba society 193
With 'ripe' eyes you will see : occult conflicts in Pemba's days of caning, Zanzibar 1964-1968 215
Terra Sonambula : mythmaking and the Naparama in the work of Mia Couto 227
Squatters, resistance to "development", and magic as a tool of subaltern power : a case from costal Kenya 239
The materialization of magic : Islamic talisman in West Africa 263
Back home, post-war cleansing rituals in Mozambique 277
Possession, trance, ritual and popular performance : the transformation of theatre in post Idi Amin Uganda 295
Where to be an ancestor? Reconstituting socio-spiritual worlds among displaced Mozambicans 319
African religion, witchcraft and the liberation war in Zimbabwe 351
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