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Title:Political and social implications of witchcraft and legitimacy in South Africa
Author:Ganis, Michela Zaffira NeriISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:60
Issue:3-4
Pages:361-370
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:witch-hunting
political change
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40761807
Abstract:This article examines the political and social implications of witchcraft accusations in apartheid and postapartheid South Africa. It focuses on the use of witchcraft accusations as an instrument of power to settle local disputes in the 1980s, particularly by young ANC members, the 'comrades'. From their point of view the elimination of witches was part of the Black Movement ideology and it would bring emancipation and eradicate all evil. The 1994 elections which ended the apartheid regime had a direct impact on local perceptions of witchcraft. However, witchcraft beliefs are part of South Africa's cultural heritage and will therefore not be easily eradicated. Notes, ref., sum. in French and Italian. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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