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The Resource African magic : traditional ideas that heal a continent, Heidi Holland

African magic : traditional ideas that heal a continent, Heidi Holland

Label
African magic : traditional ideas that heal a continent
Title
African magic
Title remainder
traditional ideas that heal a continent
Statement of responsibility
Heidi Holland
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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, including: 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"--Cover
Cataloging source
OI@
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Holland, Heidi
Dewey number
299.6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion and culture
  • Spiritual life
  • Healers
  • Africa, Sub-Saharan
  • Africa
Label
African magic : traditional ideas that heal a continent, Heidi Holland
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-237)
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xvii, 237 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780143527350
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)677634500
Label
African magic : traditional ideas that heal a continent, Heidi Holland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 234-237)
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
xvii, 237 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780143527350
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)677634500

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