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Title:A sociological interpretation of sorcery and witchcraft beliefs among the Karanga
Author:Aquina, Mary
Year:1968
Periodical:Nada: The Southern Rhodesia Native Affairs Department Annual
Volume:9
Issue:5
Pages:47-53
Language:English
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:Karanga
witchcraft
Abstract:Presents an exlusively sociological interpretation of withcraft and sorcery beliefs among the Karanga of central Rhodesia: Theoretical considerations - The logical system of witchcraft and sorcery beliefs - The role of the diviner - Tension release - The structural position of scapegoats - Sorcery - Muposo (black magic) - Ndara (snake manufactured from the fibre of a tree) - Chitsinga (a discriminating charm) - Reason for sorcery accusations - Shave (a spirit) possession - Witch familiars - Traditional protection against witches - Modern protection against witches - Tentative deductions - Witchcraft and sorcery accusations in situations of social change - Conclusion. Bibliography.
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