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Title:The heart of the matter: interpreting bloodsucking accusations in Mauritania
Author:Pettigrew, ErinISNI
Year:2016
Periodical:The Journal of African History (ISSN 1469-5138)
Volume:57
Issue:3
Pages:417-435
Language:English
Geographic terms:West Africa
Sahara
Mauritania
Subjects:rumours
witchcraft
slaves
social change
social history
Link:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021853716000323
Abstract:This article examines events involving accusations of bloodsucking in the southwestern Sahara. French colonial archives allow researchers to identify specific cases in time and location; however, this article seeks to address but then move beyond histories of colonial governance. To highlight how communities in the Saharan desert dealt with crises provoked by environmental and social change, this investigation also relies on locally-produced written legal opinions and oral testimony. Emerging from these Saharan sources is one facet of how desert communities envisioned the enchantment of their social worlds and understood difficult periods caused by famine, weak economies, and domestic tensions. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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