Gelfand, Michael. The African witch: with particular reference to witchcraft beliefs and practices among the Shona of Rhodesia

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 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. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] Michael Gelfand ; with a foreword by the Rev. Father M. Hannan, S.J.

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. Shona (FS05)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magic (789); Initiation of judicial proceedings (694); Trial procedure (695); Theory of disease (753); Medical care (758); Hospitals and clinics (743); Extramarital sex relations (837); Animism (774); Eschatology (775); 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 court decisions.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fs05-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1960-1964

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 Physician, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 1991

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1899-1966

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) eastern Zimbabwe

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Witchcraft--Zimbabwe//Shona (African people)


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