African Magic

African Magic

Author: Heidi Holland

Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

ISBN: 9780143527855

Category: Social Science

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Africa's traditional beliefs - including ancestor worship, divination and witchcraft - continue to dominate its spiritual influences. Readers in search of a better understanding of the continent will be enriched by this book's timely exploration of sub-Saharan Africa's natural philosophy. The author's meticulous research reveals that, whereas technology-driven Western societies prefer to rely largely on logical explanations, many Africans continue to obey their intuition - trusting in images, dreams and divination to rationalise misfortune and illness. African Magic explains why so many Africans understand the relationship between people and unfortunate events not through the Western concept of chance in the case of accidents, or germ theory in the case of illness, but through belief in witchcraft. The book records a collection of true stories which illustrate this traditional belief system. Included are the famous Malawian diviner whose prophecies were considered so accurate that people flocked from neighbouring countries to consult him; a group of Western-trained Mozambican psychologists who successfully refined cross-cultural therapy by working with traditional healers to combat post-traumatic stress syndrome among child soldiers; Ghanaian and Zimbabwean 'witches' living in a nightmare world where popular belief becomes their reality; and a Zambian archbishop whose attempt to embrace traditional African beliefs provoked serious conflict within his Christian church.
The Power of the Occult in Modern Africa
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: James Kiernan
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

The occult is a framework of ideas and related practices that is drawn upon as a common resource to provide an understanding of how an apparently random world 'really' works. Based mainly on experiential research in a range of African societies, the essays in this volume examine the relevance of
African Magic
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Heidi Holland
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-26 - Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa

Africa's traditional beliefs - including ancestor worship, divination and witchcraft - continue to dominate its spiritual influences. Readers in search of a better understanding of the continent will be enriched by this book's timely exploration of sub-Saharan Africa's natural philosophy. The author's meticulous research reveals that, whereas technology-driven Western societies
Introduction to African Oral Literature and Performance
Language: en
Pages: 282
Authors: Bayo Ogunjimi, Abdul Rasheed Naʼallah
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher: Africa World Press

Rev. ed. of: Introduction to African oral literature. c1991.
African Literature in the Twentieth Century
Language: en
Pages: 408
Authors: O. R. Dathorne
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1975 - Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

Explores intellectual currents in African prose and verse from sung or chanted lines to modern writings
Many Paths, One Destination
Language: en
Pages: 388
Authors: Ram Ramakrishnan
Categories: Buddhism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02 - Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

"Many Paths, One Destination" takes an in-depth look at the religions of the world. From Christianity to Sufism, from Buddhism to Sikhism, Ram Ramakrishnan examines the ideas that shape our views on life, in the hopes that by understanding one another we can find common ground, and eventually, peace.