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Author Ashforth, Adam.

Title Madumo, a man bewitched / Adam Ashforth
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2000]


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 W'PONDS  299.64 Madumo Ash/Mad  AVAILABLE
Description vii, 255 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Table of contents for Madumo, a man bewitched / Adam Ashforth. -- Bibliographic record and links to related information available from the Library of Congress catalog -- Information from electronic data provided by the publisher. May be incomplete or contain other coding. -- A Note to the Reader -- 1. Where's Madumo? -- 2. Madumo's Curse -- 3. In the City -- 4. Breakfast Stories -- 5. Diagnosis -- 6. Talking of Witches -- 7. The Healer and His Craft -- 8. A Deluge of Witchcraft -- 9. The Healing Begins -- 10. Of Witches and Their Craft -- 11. A Witch's Brew? -- 12. Church -- 13. Madumo's Advice to the Lovelorn -- 14. Isidliso Nights -- 15. Diagnoses, Doubts, and Despair -- 16. Back to Square One -- 17. Interview with the Ancestors -- 18. The Homecoming -- 19. A Feast for the Ancestors? -- 20. Departures and Beginnings -- Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Witchcraft South Africa Soweto Case studies, Madumo, Soweto (South Africa) Religious life and customs, Soweto (South Africa) Social life and customs 20th century
Summary "Set against the turbulent backdrop of contemporary Soweto, the sprawling black township southwest of Johannesburg, Madumo is a gripping tale of witchcraft and an unlikely friendship. Adam Ashforth, an Australian who has spent many years in the township finds his longtime friend Madumo in dire circumstances: his family has accused him of using witchcraft to kill his mother and has thrown him out on the street. Convinced that his life is cursed, Madumo seeks help among Soweto's bewildering array of healers and prophets. An inyanga, or traditional healer, confirms that he has indeed been bewitched. With Ashforth by his side, skeptical yet supportive, Madumo embarks upon a physically grueling treatment regimen that he follows religiously - almost to the point of death - despite his suspicion that it may be better to "Westernize my mind and not think about witchcraft."" "Ashforth's beautifully written, at times poignant account of Madumo's struggle shows that the problem of witchcraft is not simply superstition, but a complex response to spiritual insecurity in a troubling time of political and economic upheaval."--BOOK JACKET
Subject Madumo.
Witchcraft -- South Africa -- Soweto -- Case studies.
Soweto (South Africa) -- Religious life and customs.
Soweto (South Africa) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Case studies.
LC no. 99057325
ISBN 0226029719 cloth alkaline paper