Witchcraft Dialogues

the unusual ; he offered a course on witchcraft , inviting Nigerian colleagues to discuss the subject from their ... including academic and folk traditions , in a single arena of critical dialogue anchored in reason and argument .

Author: George C. Bond

Publisher: Ohio University Center for International Studies

ISBN: UOM:39015054245470

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 368

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Witchcraft Dialogues analyzes the complex manner in which human beings construct, experience, and think about the "occult." It brings together anthropologists, philosophers, and sociologists, from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, to engage the metaphysical properties of "witchcraft" and "sorcery" and to explore their manifestations in people's lived experiences. While many Africanist scholars shun the analysis of "witchcraft" as an appropriate domain of investigation, the experiences, thoughts, activities, and powers that "witchcraft" encompasses have become increasingly the source of interest and debate. Concepts of witchcraft and the phenomena to which they are applied express something fundamental to the human condition and have their equation in the logic of other human practices such as racism and its various crafts. Thus, the focus on "witchcraft" is not just a concern with the occult, but a manifestation of the convergence of interest in mediating and transcending disciplinary domains. The contributors to this volume embrace the challenge of exploring "witchcraft" as a mode of experiencing and explaining human circumstances as well as confronting the limitations of their own intellectual traditions and paradigms. The range of their explorations takes us in new directions, making use not only of their academic training but also of their personal experiences, to reframe the conceptual terrain of the "occult" and the epistemological orientations of their various academic fields of inquiry.

A Dialogue Concerning Witches Witchcrafts

and to bring the witch thither , dealt altogether by the power and direction of the devill , and so in scratching , for God hath taught no such things ; then are they not witches ? by whose instruction and by whose power was the witch ...

Author: George Gifford


ISBN: OXFORD:590415239

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 119

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A Dialogue Concerning Witches and Witchcrafts

The examples of witchcraft cases Gifford offers in the Dialogue can be seen to be based on, or at least similar to, real English cases, of which the most prominent originated in Essex; see for example the pamphlets A true and iust ...

Author: George Gifford

Publisher: Puckrel Publishing

ISBN: 9780955635007

Category: Witchcraft

Page: 66

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Scholarly reprint of a classic sixteenth century treatise on witchcraft.

Witchcraft in Early Modern Scotland

Demonologys aim to instil right belief in a lay audience is characteristic of the homiletic nature of protestant treatises.26 James chose the vernacular and the dialogue to make this treatise the more pleasant and facile, ...

Author: Lawrence Normand

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781802079302

Category: History

Page: 468

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This volume provides a valuable introduction to the key concepts of witchcraft and demonology through a detailed study of one of the best known and most notorious episodes of Scottish history, the North Berwick witch hunt, in which King James was involved as alleged victim, interrogator, judge and demonologist. It provides hitherto unpublished and inaccessible material from the legal documentation of the trials in a way that makes the material fully comprehensible, as well as full texts of the pamphlet News from Scotland and James' Demonology, all in a readable, modernised, scholarly form. Full introductory sections and supporting notes provide information about the contexts needed to understand the texts: court politics, social history and culture, religious changes, law and the workings of the court, and the history of witchcraft prosecutions in Scotland before 1590. The book also brings to bear on this material current scholarship on the history of European witchcraft.

Perspectives on African Witchcraft

Contested Domains in the Dialogues of Witchcraft”. In Witchcraft Dialogues: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges, edited by George Clement Bond and Diane M. Ciekawy, pp. 1–38. Athens, OH: Ohio University Center for International ...

Author: Mariano Pavanello

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315439914


Page: 238

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This volume draws on a range of ethnographic and historical material to provide insight into witchcraft in sub-Saharan Africa. The chapters explore a variety of cultural contexts, with contributions focusing on Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ghana, Mali, Ethiopia and Eritrean diaspora. The book considers the concept of witchcraft itself, the interrelations with religion and medicine, and the theoretical frameworks employed to explain the nature of modern African witchcraft representations.

Witchcraft and Colonial Rule in Kenya 1900 1955

witchcraft as part of larger histories of legal administration – are more rare.64 Chief among these works are Diane ... See also, George Clement Bond and Diane Ciekawy, “Introduction: Contested Domains in the Dialogues of 'Witchcraft,'” ...

Author: Katherine Luongo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139503457

Category: History


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Focusing on colonial Kenya, this book shows how conflicts between state authorities and Africans over witchcraft-related crimes provided an important space in which the meanings of justice, law and order in the empire were debated. Katherine Luongo discusses the emergence of imperial networks of knowledge about witchcraft. She then demonstrates how colonial concerns about witchcraft produced an elaborate body of jurisprudence about capital crimes. The book analyzes the legal wrangling that produced the Witchcraft Ordinances in the 1910s, the birth of an anthro-administrative complex surrounding witchcraft in the 1920s, the hotly contested Wakamba Witch Trials of the 1930s, the explosive growth of legal opinion on witch-murder in the 1940s, and the unprecedented state-sponsored cleansings of witches and Mau Mau adherents during the 1950s. A work of anthropological history, this book develops an ethnography of Kamba witchcraft or uoi.

Witches Westerners and HIV

Bond, George Clement 2001a Ancestors and Witches: Explanations and the Ideology of Individual Power in Northern Zambia. In Witchcraft Dialogues: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges. G.C. Bond and Diane M. Ciekawy, eds., pp.

Author: Alexander Rödlach

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781315415710

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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A witch's curse, an imperialist conspiracy, a racist plot—HIV/AIDS is a catastrophic health crisis with complex cultural dimensions. From small villages to the international system, explanations of where it comes from, who gets it, and who dies are tied to political agendas, religious beliefs, and the psychology of devastating grief. Frequently these explanations conflict with science and clash with prevention and treatment programs. In Witches, Westerners, and HIV Alexander Rödlach draws on a decade of research and work in Zimbabwe to compare beliefs about witchcraft and conspiracy theories surrounding HIV/AIDS in Africa. He shows how both types of beliefs are part of a process of blaming others for AIDS, a process that occurs around the globe but takes on local, culturally specific forms. He also demonstrates the impact of these beliefs on public health and advocacy programs, arguing that cultural misunderstandings contribute to the failure of many well-intentioned efforts. This insightful book provides a cultural perspective essential for everyone interested in AIDS and cross-cultural health issues.


Ancestors and Witches: Explanations and the Ideology of Individual Power in Northern Zambia. In Witchcraft Dialogues: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges, edited by G. C. Bond and D. M. Ciekawy. Athens: Ohio University Center ...

Author: Harry G. West

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226894058

Category: Social Science

Page: 362

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On the Mueda plateau in northern Mozambique, sorcerers are said to feed on their victims, sometimes "making" lions or transforming into lions to literally devour their flesh. When the ruling FRELIMO party subscribed to socialism, it condemned sorcery beliefs and counter-sorcery practices as false consciousness, but since undertaking neoliberal reform, the party—still in power after three electoral cycles—has "tolerated tradition," leaving villagers to interpret and engage with events in the idiom of sorcery. Now, when the lions prowl plateau villages ,suspected sorcerers are often lynched. In this historical ethnography of sorcery, Harry G. West draws on a decade of fieldwork and combines the perspectives of anthropology and political science to reveal how Muedans expect responsible authorities to monitor the invisible realm of sorcery and to overturn or, as Muedans call it, "kupilikula" sorcerers' destructive attacks by practicing a constructive form of counter-sorcery themselves. Kupilikula argues that, where neoliberal policies have fostered social division rather than security and prosperity, Muedans have, in fact, used sorcery discourse to assess and sometimes overturn reforms, advancing alternative visions of a world transformed.

Encounters with Witchcraft

Witches and Witch-Hunts. Cambridge, U.K. and Malden, Mass.: Polity Press, 2004. Bond, George Clement and Diane M. Ciekawy, eds.Witchcraft Dialogues: Anthropological and Philosophical Exchanges. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2001.

Author: Norman N. Miller

Publisher: State University of New York Press

ISBN: 9781438443591

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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A renowned authority on East Africa examines the effects of witchcraft beliefs on African culture, politics, and family life.

Witchcraft Intimacy and Trust

As Bond and Ciekawy conclude in the introduction to their 2002 collection Witchcraft Dialogues: “[witchcraft] . . . is liberated from its parochial moorings,” yet it “remains embedded in kinship and community” (2001324).

Author: Peter Geschiere

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226047751

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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In Dante’s Inferno, the lowest circle of Hell is reserved for traitors, those who betrayed their closest companions. In a wide range of literatures and mythologies such intimate aggression is a source of ultimate terror, and in Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust, Peter Geschiere masterfully sketches it as a central ember at the core of human relationships, one brutally revealed in the practice of witchcraft. Examining witchcraft in its variety of forms throughout the globe, he shows how this often misunderstood practice is deeply structured by intimacy and the powers it affords. In doing so, he offers not only a comprehensive look at contemporary witchcraft but also a fresh—if troubling—new way to think about intimacy itself. Geschiere begins in the forests of southeast Cameroon with the Maka, who fear “witchcraft of the house” above all else. Drawing a variety of local conceptions of intimacy into a global arc, he tracks notions of the home and family—and witchcraft’s transgression of them—throughout Africa, Europe, Brazil, and Oceania, showing that witchcraft provides powerful ways of addressing issues that are crucial to social relationships. Indeed, by uncovering the link between intimacy and witchcraft in so many parts of the world, he paints a provocative picture of human sociality that scrutinizes some of the most prevalent views held by contemporary social science. One of the few books to situate witchcraft in a global context, Witchcraft, Intimacy, and Trust is at once a theoretical tour de force and an empirically rich and lucid take on a difficult-to-understand spiritual practice and the private spaces throughout the world it so greatly affects.