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Title:The sociology of sorcery in a central African tribe
Author:Marwick, M.G.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:Zambia
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020186308707167
Abstract:The author attempts to present material he collected among the Northern Rhodesian Cewa in such a form as to facilitate its being checked against existing hypotheses in the literature on beliefs in sorcery and witchcraft. He describes the various social contexts in which beliefs in sorcery occur among the Cewa, and sums up their common features, leaving the reader to judge the extent to which the generalizations that emerge agree with the formulated and unformulated propositions of those anthropologists, psychologists and historians who have written on witchcraft and sorcery. The author starts by summarizing the way of life and world of belief of the Northern Rhodeisan Cewa; next he presents in varying detail the various social contexts in which suspicion of sorcery arise and in which accustations of sorcery are made; he ends by trying to abstract the elements common to such contexts. Notes; maps; tables; plates; figures.