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Title:'Bushveld Magic' and 'Miracle Doctors': An Exploration of Eugène Marais and C. Louis Leipoldt's Experiences in the Waterberg, South Africa, c.1906-1917
Author:Swart, SandraISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:45
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:237-255
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:images
Afrikaners
literature
historiography
biographies (form)
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Ethnic and Race Relations
nationalism
About persons:Eugène Nielen Marais (1871-1936)ISNI
Christian Frederik Louis Leipoldt (1880-1947)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4100466
Abstract:This article contributes to the critique of a particular historiographical construction of the rural socio-intellectual world of the Afrikaner, which portrays that world as narrowly Calvinist and culturally circumscribed, with rigidly patrolled racial borders. This challenge is effected through an investigation into the world of the Bushveld Boer through the work of Eugène Marais (1871-1936) and Christiaan Frederick Louis Leipoldt (1880-1947). The article seeks to show that the practical workings of agrarian race relations allowed for a certain measure of cultural osmosis, facilitating Afrikaner interest in African and traditional healing practices. Afrikaner interest in the paranormal and psychic, with an emphasis on European trends, is also investigated, to demonstrate that the image of intellectual isolation has been exaggerated. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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