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Sorcery, Christianity and the Decline of Medical Services

Cox, John; Phillips, G


In Papua New Guinea, witchcraft and sorcery accusations appear to be proliferating and, in many cases, leading to horrific violence, torture and murder of those thought to be sorcerers. We reject interpretations of sorcery accusations and violence as grounded in the ancient traditional culture of Melanesia. Instead, we see the resurgence of sorcery as an effect of poverty and social inequality, particularly the neglect of medical services and training.

CollectionsANU Press (1965-)
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter


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