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Witchcraft and Sorcery in Rhodesia

1st Edition

By J. R. Crawford


324 pages

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Originally published in 1967, this book is a study of witchcraft and sorcery among the Shona, Ndebele and Kalanga peoples of Zimbabwe. It analyses in their social context verbatim evidence and confessions from a comprehensive series of judicial records. It provides the first systematic demonstration of the importance and the exstent to which such sources can be used to make a detailed analysis of the character and range of beliefs and motives. The main emphasis is on witchcraft and sorcery beliefs, the nature of accusations, confessions and divination, btoh traditional and as practised by members of the Pentecostal Church.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Evidence and Confessions of Wizardry

1. Evidence of Wizardry Beliefs in Criminal Cases

2. The Problem of the Confession of Witchcraft

Part 2: The Nature of Wizardry Beliefs

3. The Basis of Wizardry Beliefs

4. Witchcraft and Religion

5. Witchcraft and Misfortune

6. The Making of a Shona Witch

7. Beliefs in the Manifestations of Witchcraft

8. Protection Against Wizardry

Part 3: The Allegation of Wizardry

9. The Pattern of Accusations

10. Wizardry Allegations Where No Diviner Was Present

11. Divination in General 12. Traditional Diviners and Divination Methods

13. The Supernatural Indication of a Wizard

14. Shona Names

15. The Ordeal

16. Divination in the Pentecostal Churches

Part 4: The Consequences of the Allegation of Wizardry

17. Behaviour of Persons Involved

18. Magical Vengeance Against a Wizard

19. The Cure of the Wizard's Victim

20. The Cure of the Witch

21. Conclusion

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on https://www.routledge.com/ or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies

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