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Papua New Guinea: Overview Presentation. Sorcery and Witchcraft Accusations: Developing a National Response to Overcome the Violence.

This paper draws on research that includes the torture and ill treatment of the accused sorcerers and witches. Richard Eves includes details of his fieldwork and draws on evidence from New Ireland.

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Magic and Witchcraft Implications for Democratisation and Poverty-Alleviating Aid in Africa

The belief in occult forces is still deeply rooted in many African societies, regardless of education, religion, and social class of the people concerned. According to many Africans its incidence is even increasing due to social stress and strain caused (among others) by the  process of modernization. This paper looks into how magic and witchcraft accusations work to the disadvantage of the poor and deprived, but under particular circumstances they become a means of the poor in the struggle against oppression by establishing “cults of counter-violence”.

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Albinism, Witchcraft and Superstition in East Africa

This paper looks at profuse media reports and discourse on the plight of Persons with Albinism (PWA) in East Africa in the recent times raise the question of livelihood security of a minority group. PWA constitutes a group of people that are marginalised and discriminated owing to cultural perspective of biological condition. The present study draws on the social exclusion theory to characterise the social, cultural, and economic aspects of daily life struggles among PWA in East Africa.

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Child Rights Activist Solicits Effort Towards Ending Child Witch Branding

Child Rights Activist Solicits Effort Towards Ending Child Witch Branding

NGO’s Decry Violation of Albino Rights

NGO’s Decry Violation of Albino Rights

Black Magic – Toil and Trouble

Black Magic – Toil and Trouble 

‘Witch-hunting’ in India: Do We Need Special Laws?

Partners for Law in Development in Jharkhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh invetigate laws that need to be put in place to combat witchcraft accusations. The scholarly article shows the barriers in dealing with witch-hunting and related forms of violence. Mehra claims that there needs to be a focus on accountability and reform of the agencies that activate the criminal justice system.

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Medicine and Money: An historical inquiry into Pentecostal belief and practice in twentieth Century West Africa

This scholarly article analyzes five major phases of Pentecostal revivalism in the Twentieth Century. This paper argues that the key to understanding both Pentecostal success and West African traditional religion lies in distilling a particular conception of spiritual power that is given prominence in both the African and Pentecostal worldviews.

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In-laws and outlaws: black magic among Pakistani migrants in Denmark

This article analyzes the suspicions of kala jaddu, also referred to as black magic, present within the Pakistani immigrant community in Demark. 

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Destroying the Destroyer of your Destiny: The Role(s) of Pentecostalism in Post-War Liberia

Heaner evaluates the socio-political role of Pentecostalism in Liberia, Africa. Heaner analyzes the growth of the Pentecostal churches within post-conflict settings of nearly total social, economic, educational and political collapse in Liberia.

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