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- DescriptionAdam Ashforth, an Australian who has spent many years in Soweto, finds his longtime friend Madumo in dire circumstances: his family has accused him of using witchcraft to kill his mother and has thrown him out on the street. Convinced that his life is cursed, Madumo seeks help among Soweto's bewildering array of healers and prophets. An inyanga, or traditional healer, confirms that he has indeed been bewitched. Ashforth, skeptical yet supportive, remains by Madumo's side as he embarks upon a physically grueling treatment regimen that he follows religiously - almost to the point of death. Asforth's beautifully written account of Madumo's struggle shows that the problem of witchcraft is t simply superstition but a complex response to spiritual insecurity in a troubling time of political and ecomic upheaval. Through Madumo's story, Ashforth opens up a world that few have seen, a deeply unsettling place where the question, Do you believe in witchcraft? is t a simple one at all. The insights that emerge as Ashforth accompanies his friend on an odyssey through Soweto's supernatural perils have profound implications even for those of us who live in worlds without witches.
- Author BiographyAdam Ashforth is visiting associate professor of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
- Author(s)Adam Ashforth
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication05/06/2000
- SubjectBiography: Religious & Spiritual
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Out-of-print date13/08/2010
- Weight450 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine20 mm
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