Posts by whrin_admin

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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Contemporary Practices of Witch Hunting: A Report on Social trends and the interface with law

Many states such as Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa, have had concerns expressed about the targeting of women as ‘witches’, or what is widely called ‘witch hunting’. This report addresses social trends, norms, and acceptance of making women targets for such accusation and persecution. It discusses the consequences of “witch-hunting” and laws that have been put into place to combat it.

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Sorcery and death squads. Transformations of state, sovereignty, and violence in postcolonial Mozambique. (2009)

Mozambique norm and standard has been reported to support “summary executions by police” and “police killings” in all major cities in Mozambique. Bertelsen explains the correlation between state and violence, with accompanying human rights violations that are currently taking place within Mozambique. 

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21st Century Witchcraft Accusations

Being accused of witchcraft, black magic or other forms of evil, can result in serious violations of human rights including, at the most extreme, torture and death. This happens all around the world. Women, children, the disabled and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to these forms of abuse.

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Public Health and Beliefs in Witchcraft: Preventing Human Rights Violations of Persons with Albinism

Public Health and Beliefs in Witchcraft

Violence Against People with Albinism: Urgent Solutions Needed

UNOHHR Albinism Expert Meeting Paper

Ritual Killings Linked to Recent Spate of Kidnappings of Children in Cross River State, Nigeria

Press Release – Ritual Killings Cross River State

“Phenomenal” growth of churches in UK linked to child witchcraft accusations

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