Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip

Witchcraft, Sorcery, Rumors, and Gossip

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"This book combines two classic topics in social anthropology in a new synthesis: the study of witchcraft and sorcery and the study of rumors and gossip. It does so in two ways. First, it shows how rumor and gossip are invariably important as catalysts for accusations of witchcraft and sorcery. Second, it demonstrates the role of rumor and gossip in the genesis of social and political violence, as in the case of both peasant rebellions and witch-hunts. Examples supporting the argument are drawn from Africa, Europe, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka. They include discussions of witchcraft trials in England and Scotland in the seventeenth century, witch-hunts and vampire narratives in colonial and contemporary Africa, millenarian movements in New Guinea, the Indian Mutiny in nineteenth-century Uttar Pradesh, and rumors of construction sacrifice in Indonesia."--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780511616310
0511616317
9780511184222
0511184220
9780511165863
0511165862
9780511163937
9780521808682
9780521004732
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 228 p.) : ill
Additional Contributors: Strathern, Andrew

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