Event Title

Witchcraft in Africa

Location

Ames, Iowa

Start Date

29-4-2016 12:00 AM

Description

Witchcraft’s prevalence in Africa, and many other places in the world, has been a subject of interest to scholars for quite some time. However, its popularization in movies and books has skewed the public’s perception of all the things witchcraft entails. Looking past the fictionalized “monsters” that are depicted in today’s popular culture, Witchcraft’s prevalence in Africa, and many other places in the world, has been a subject of interest to scholars for quite some time. However, its popularization in movies and books has skewed the public’s perception of all the things witchcraft entails. Looking past the fictionalized “monsters” that are depicted in today’s popular culture, we see that witchcraft is a vital part of many African communities. Drawing on early ethnographies, such as E. E. Evans-Pritchard’s Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande, as well as more current research, we are shown the central role that witchcraft plays in social structures (the consequences which may or may not be fatal to the bewitched). Using these ethnographies and other sources, I plan to use my poster to highlight some of the areas not generally studied in this area, and how these ideas play into the cultures as a whole.

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Apr 29th, 12:00 AM

Witchcraft in Africa

Ames, Iowa

Witchcraft’s prevalence in Africa, and many other places in the world, has been a subject of interest to scholars for quite some time. However, its popularization in movies and books has skewed the public’s perception of all the things witchcraft entails. Looking past the fictionalized “monsters” that are depicted in today’s popular culture, Witchcraft’s prevalence in Africa, and many other places in the world, has been a subject of interest to scholars for quite some time. However, its popularization in movies and books has skewed the public’s perception of all the things witchcraft entails. Looking past the fictionalized “monsters” that are depicted in today’s popular culture, we see that witchcraft is a vital part of many African communities. Drawing on early ethnographies, such as E. E. Evans-Pritchard’s Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic Among the Azande, as well as more current research, we are shown the central role that witchcraft plays in social structures (the consequences which may or may not be fatal to the bewitched). Using these ethnographies and other sources, I plan to use my poster to highlight some of the areas not generally studied in this area, and how these ideas play into the cultures as a whole.