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.
|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|