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.
|Title of host publication||Talking it Through: Responses to Sorcery and Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Melanesia|
|Editors||Miranda Forsyth and Richard Eves|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|