Sorcery, Christianity and the Decline of Medical Services

John Cox, G Phillips

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTalking it Through: Responses to Sorcery and Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Melanesia
    Editors Miranda Forsyth and Richard Eves
    Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781925021561
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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