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From Where Does the Bad Wind Blow?
Spiritual Healing and Witchcraft in Lusaka, Zambia
Reihe: Ethnologie / Anthropology
Bd. 49, 2015, 336 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90273-3
The book deals with the phenomenon of spiritual healing and witchcraft within the field of indigenous medicine and African Independent Churches in the contemporary urban setting of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Grounded in theoretical concepts of medical and symbolical anthropology, the study analyzes the syncretic character of medical culture and the so-called "therapy shopping" phenomenon. Special attention is paid to the local conceptualization of health, illness and body, cultural aetiology, the social and cultural representation of spirit possession and witchcraft, description of different types of healers and their diagnostic and therapeutic praxis. Another part is dedicated to the symbolical interpretation of witchcraft on the level of theory, system and practice based on different case studies .