Beek, W. E. A. van. The innocent sorcerer: coping with evil in two African societies (Kapsiki & Dogon)

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

Title: The innocent sorcerer: coping with evil in two African societies (Kapsiki & Dogon)

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Religion in Africa : experience & expression, edited by Thomas D. Blakely, Walter E. A. van Beek, Dennis L. Thompson with the assistance of Linda Hunter Adams, Merrill E. Oates

Published By: Original publisher Religion in Africa : experience & expression, edited by Thomas D. Blakely, Walter E. A. van Beek, Dennis L. Thompson with the assistance of Linda Hunter Adams, Merrill E. Oates London ; Portsmouth, N.H.: J. Currey ; Heinemann. 1994. 196-228, 443-483 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Walter E. A. van Beek

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Information sources listed in other works (113); Sorcery (754); General character of religion (771); Magic (789);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, van Beek discusses Dogon witchcraft and notions of evil and compares them with those of the Kapsiki from northern Cameroon. Dogon personality and self are deeply embedded in the community and kin group. For them evil is an anonymous force, originating from the bush, which precipitates a person's falling-out with the community. Evil is spread through the careless use of words and speaking ill of someone. It is seen as a poison that is ingested orally. Protective and purifying rituals involve chewing special roots and barks, drinking, taking an emetic, and exhibiting polite beahvior in rituals. Attached to this article is a 41-page bibliography on African religion.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 26

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. fa16-026

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 443-484)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1978-1992

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1978-1992

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)

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