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Title:'Where can we get a beast without hair?' Medicine murder in Swaziland from 1970 to 1988
Author:Evans, Jeremy
Year:1993
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:52
Issue:1
Pages:27-42
Language:English
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:homicide
ritual objects
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This article demonstrates how separate attempts to encapsulate medicine murder in Swaziland within the confines of general statements or conventional terms serve to mask much vital detail. The author assesses the merits of different approaches by analysing the evidence contained in court records from the period 1970 to 1988. Details are presented on nine cases. These cases show different reasons for committing a medicine murder. The conclusion is that medicine murders are often committed by people who occupy no formal position in society. The killings obviously occur in response to situations of social and economic pressure. They are attempts to consolidate people's social or financial positions, or to prevent misfortune, rather than efforts to promote success in an ambitious fashion. Bibliogr., notes.
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