This collection of essays offers opportunities towards a better understanding of African societies and their historical role in numerous political and military conflicts, and also within peace-building processes. This book broadens the focus from invocations of the supernatural in military and political mobilization to rituals of healing in post-conflict societies.
Beatrice Nicolini is Assistant Professor of History and Institutions of Africa at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy.
Part 1. Magical Practices and Witchcraft during Warfare in the African Continent (XIX-XX Centuries); Dafne Accoroni - Healing Practices Among the Sengalese Community in Paris; Godwin Ehi Azenabor - The Idea of Witchcraft and the Challenge of Modern Science; Fernanda Claudio - Cloth, Hoes, and Beads: Chikunda Domination, the Warlord Kanyemba, and the Chapoto Chieftaincy in Dande, Zimbabwe; Linda Giles - The Role of Spirits in Swahili Coastal Society; Alan Kirkaldy - Vhuloi and Witch-Hunting in Late Nineteenth-Century Vendaland; Beatrice Nicolini - Notes on Magical Practices in Zanzibar and Pemba; The Role of the Waganga during Colonial Times; Maxwell Osusu and Godfrey N. Uzoigwe - Nanny's Apron Strings: Magic, 'Medicine,' Witchcraft and Warfare in Colonial and Post-Colonial West Africa; Meshack Owino - Vifo Na Mazishi: The Impact of War on Kenya African Soldiers' Beliefs and Attitudes Towards Death and Burials in Colonial Kenya; Ana Cristina Roque - Meeting Artur Murimo Mafumo and His Practices; Part 2. Magical Practices and Witchcraft as Post-Conflict Peace-Building and Community Healing Processes in the African Continent (XIX-XX Centuries); George Olusola Ajibade - Hearthstones: Religion, Ethics and Medicine in the Healing Process in the Traditional Yoruba Society; Nathalie Arnold - With 'Ripe' Eyes You Will See: Occult Conflicts in Pemba's Days of Caning, Zanzibar 1964-1968; Sophia Beal - Terra Sonambula: Mythmaking and the Naparama in the Work of Mia Couto; Jesse Benjamin - Squatters, Resistance to "Development," and Magic as a Tool of Subaltern Power: A Case from Coastal Kenya; Noah Butler - The Materialization of Magic: Islamic Talisman in West Africa; Paulo Granjo - Back Home: Post-War Cleansing Rituals in Mozambique; Sam Kasule - Possession, Trance, Ritual and Popular Performance: The Transformation of Theatre in Post Idi Amin Uganda; Stephen C. Lubkemann - Where to be an Ancestor? Reconstituting Socio-Political Worlds among Displaced Mozambicans; Terence Ranger - African Religion, Witchcraft, and the Liberation War in Zimbabwe.