Moral Power: The Magic of Witchcraft

Moral Power: The Magic of Witchcraft

Neither power nor morality but both. Moral power is what Sukuma farmers in Tanzania in times of crisis attribute to an unknown figure they call their witch. A universal process is involved, as much bodily as social, which obstructs the patient's recovery. Healers turn the table on the witch through rituals showing that the community and the ancestral spirits side with the victim. In contrast to biomedicine, their magic and divination introduce moral values that… (more)

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Publisher: Berghahn Books (July 01, 2010)

Collection: Epistemologies of Healing

Parent ISBN: 9781845457358

Page count: 284 pages

Language: English


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