SPELLBOUND: INSIDE WEST AFRICA'S WITCH CAMPS

SPELLBOUND: INSIDE WEST AFRICA'S WITCH CAMPS

By: Palmer, Karen

Price: ¥650.00

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Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good


A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In this empathetic account, Palmer looks at witchcraft, witch doctors, and superstition in present-day Ghana and examines why some believe in them completely, while others do not, positing that belief might have been extenuated through Africa's lack of wealth, education, healthcare, and women's rights. The less somebody understands economics, medicine, science, philosophy or politics, Palmer suggests, the more he or she could credit certain things to the supernatural. The author takes us inside remote encampments where women thought to be witches are isolated and punished. There, they must live on their own, away from the comforts of family, and sometimes beg for work. She recounts the experiences of women like Ayishetu Bugre, who had been accused of witchcraft by a jealous, drunken brother-in-law. Her sentencing depended on the death throes of a sacrificed chicken, which is believed to be a message from the tribal ancestors. Palmer also talks of Asara Azindu, whose success and independence bothered those around her. They blamed her for a meningitis outbreak, claiming she had poisoned the town's main water source. With these and other stories, Palmer effectively highlights the grave effects of ignorance and superstition, and the cruel, abusive situations in which scores of Ghanaian women currently find themselves.

Title: SPELLBOUND: INSIDE WEST AFRICA'S WITCH CAMPS

Author Name: Palmer, Karen

Categories: Magic,

Publisher: Free Press: 2012

ISBN Number: 1439120501

ISBN Number 13: 9781439120507

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000045018