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Madumo : a man bewitched

Author: Adam Ashforth
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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"Adam Ashforth, an Australian who has spent many years in Soweto, 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. Ashforth, skeptical yet supportive, remains by Madumo's side as he embarks upon a physically grueling treatment regimen given by a traditional healer that he follows religiously - almost to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Madumo.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Adam Ashforth
ISBN: 9780226029726 0226029727
OCLC Number: 57576516
Notes: Originally published: 2000.
Description: vii, 255 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Adam Ashforth.

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Adam Ashforth, an Australian who has spent many years in Soweto, finds his longtime friend Madumo in dire circumstances: his family has accused him of using witchcraft to kill his mother and has  Read more...

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"A fascinating page-turner that recounts one man's battle with an eerie symptom of powerlessness: obsession with witchcraft.... Ashforth enfolds his readers in this distressing story... [and] also Read more...

 
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