The Problems and Victims of Sorcery and Witchcraft Practices and Beliefs in Melanesia: An Introduction

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    Abstract

    The belief that illness, death and misfortune of all sorts is frequently caused by the deliberate intervention of individuals with special powers or magical knowledge is pervasive throughout Melanesia. As a result, sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices exert a powerful influence on many aspects of day-to-day life, as well as being significant vectors for community tensions, conflict and violence. However, sorcery and witchcraft beliefs and practices also give rise to a range of social problems that are not as visible, including the retarding of economic development, poor public health, undermining of social cohesion, incentivising crime and creating insecurity.
    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
    Pages1-19
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9781925021561
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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