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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The African witch: with particular reference to witchcraft
beliefs and practices among the Shona of Rhodesia
Published By: Original publisher
Edinburgh: E. & S. Livingstone. 1967. 16, 227 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
[by] Michael Gelfand ; with a foreword by the Rev. Father M.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2014. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Magical and mental therapy (755);
Shamans and psychotherapists (756);
Initiation of judicial proceedings (694);
Trial procedure (695);
Theory of disease (753);
Medical care (758);
Hospitals and clinics (743);
Extramarital sex relations (837);
Revelation and divination (787);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is the definitive work on Shona witchcraft. After a
brief introductory sketch of some of the salient features of Shona ethnography (especially
the spirit world), the author turns to the main theme of his work–witchcraft, not only as
perceived by the Shona but also from the standpoint of the effects of this belief on the
society. Detailed discussions are presented in the text on types of witches, witchcraft as
a functional part of everyday living, factors influencing witchcraft accusations,
prevalence of witchcraft accusations, procedures, witchcraft as a cause of illness, and the
rationale of treatment of cases of witchcraft. There is a chapter on the witch doctor and
his place in the spirit world. The source concludes with two appendices containing brief
summaries of judicial case histories involving accusations of witchcraft and subsequent
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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle; 1991
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Witchcraft--Zimbabwe//Shona (African people)