Spirits in Politics: Uncertainties of Power and Healing in African Societies

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Spirits in Politics explores the interface between religion and politics in African societies by examining recent and ongoing research in a variety of regional settings. Case studies from across the African continent exemplify how - and at which social levels - spirits, witchcraft, and other supernatural agents play an active role in political action and the conceptualization of power. This volume illustrates not only how ritual techniques such as divination or spirit possession may play a vital role in people's efforts to regain control over the political processes that determine their lives, but also how these practices are prominent in day-to-day decision-making processes at local levels.