Exploring the Occult and Paranormal in West Africa

ab 24,90 

Josephat Obi Oguejiofor, Tobias Wendl (Eds.)

ISBN 978-3-643-90183-5
Band-Nr. 47
Jahr 2012
Seiten 280
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Afrikanische Studien/African Studies

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The point of departure of this book is a phenomenon which is often
referred to as the „return of the religious“, a recent but apparently
ubiquitous phenomenon which does not fit the modernist axiom of
secularisation, neither in the „developed“ nor the „developing“ worlds. In
Africa, the last two decades have witnessed a remarkable and steady
increase in the spread and reinforcement of occult and paranormal
phenomena. The reports on these developments are not restricted to
specific countries or areas; they cover the whole continent and surface in
the most diverse images, media, stories and rumours. The credence accorded
to them has become an important factor that shapes social relationships in
everyday life, economic and political actions, medical decisions and
religious adherence.