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The Problems and Victims of Sorcery and Witchcraft Practices and Beliefs in Melanesia: An Introduction

Forsyth, Miranda; Eves, Richard


The belief that illness, death and misfortune of all sorts is frequently caused by the deliberate intervention of individuals with special powers or magical knowledge is pervasive throughout Melanesia. As a result, sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices exert a powerful influence on many aspects of day-to-day life, as well as being significant vectors for community tensions, conflict and violence. However, sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices also give rise to a range of social...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Source: Talking it Through. Responses to Sorcery and Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Melanesia
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher website


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