Tag: Witchcraft

Phenomena of the Irrational. On wonder doctors, witches and conspiracy theories

Monica Black , December 20th, 2020


From 1945 until the late 1950s, a wave of accusations of witchcraft swept through Germany, and tens of thousands of people flocked to wonder healers. But why? And…


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What Can Witchcraft Do in Mexico?

Alexandra Frankel , October 24th, 2018


Although it rarely results in accusations, violence, or exclusion, witchcraft has implications for relations of power and authority in Mexican Catholicism. In late September 2017, in the quiet…


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Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 2)

Taylor R. Genovese , July 6th, 2017


In Part 1, I wrote a gonzo ethnography about my experience at a rocket launch in Florida. For Part 2, I will be utilizing historical records, museum didactic…


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Casting into the Cosmos: Magic and Ritual in Human Spaceflight (Part 1)

Taylor R. Genovese , July 2nd, 2017


Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Taylor R. Genovese. Field Notes – September 8, 2016 (Cape Canaveral, Florida): I see the light and smoke first. The radiant fuel pours…


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The first mile: community experience of outbreak control during an Ebola outbreak in Luwero District, Uganda

Nicole McMurray , May 9th, 2016


Background: A major challenge to outbreak control lies in early detection of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in local community contexts during the critical initial stages of an epidemic,…


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The first mile: community experience of outbreak control during an Ebola outbreak in Luwero District, Uganda

Nicole McMurray , May 9th, 2016


Background: A major challenge to outbreak control lies in early detection of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in local community contexts during the critical initial stages of an epidemic,…


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The first mile: community experience of outbreak control during an Ebola outbreak in Luwero District, Uganda

Nicole McMurray , May 9th, 2016


Background: A major challenge to outbreak control lies in early detection of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in local community contexts during the critical initial stages of an epidemic,…


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The first mile: community experience of outbreak control during an Ebola outbreak in Luwero District, Uganda

Nicole McMurray , May 9th, 2016


Background: A major challenge to outbreak control lies in early detection of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) in local community contexts during the critical initial stages of an epidemic,…


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Respectable Magic

Emma Louise Backe , August 6th, 2015


By Emma Louise Backe Magic has returned to England. This past summer, two shows in particular dealt explicitly with the problem of magic, Penny Dreadful and the BBC…


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Ask A Mind: Is Studying Witchcraft `Useful’ for Development?

Maia , June 7th, 2015


Can anthropologists combine research on witchcraft with research on development? Why are some topics considered more relevant to understanding development issues than others? This post is a response…


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A Fictive Birthday with Real Debts

Human Economy Blog , January 29th, 2014


Photo Credit: Erik Bähre By Erik Bähre This week we publish a guest feature by Erik Bähre, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology,…


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