Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana (Hardcover)

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Witchcraft, Witches, and Violence in Ghana (Hardcover)


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Witchcraft violence is a feature of many contemporary African societies. In Ghana, belief in witchcraft and the malignant activities of putative witches is prevalent. Purported witches are blamed for all manner of adversities including inexplicable illnesses and untimely deaths. As in other historical periods and other societies, in contemporary Ghana, alleged witches are typically female, elderly, poor, and marginalized. Childhood socialization in homes and schools, exposure to mass media, and other institutional mechanisms ensure that witchcraft beliefs are transmitted across generations and entrenched over time. This book provides a detailed account of Ghanaian witchcraft beliefs and practices and their role in fueling violent attacks on alleged witches by aggrieved individuals and vigilante groups.

Product Details ISBN: 9781782385608
ISBN-10: 1782385606
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2015
Pages: 338
Language: English