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Casting the Evil Eye: Witch Trials in Tribal India

Casting the Evil Eye: Witch Trials in Tribal India
$29.00
Item Code: IDE921
Author: Archana Mishra
Publisher: Roli Books
Language: English
Edition: 2003
ISBN: 8174362142
Pages: 215 (B & W Illus: 17)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"

From the Jacket :

Deep in eastern India beats a heart of darkness. It is a secret heart, entangled in the shadows of superstitions and medieval beliefs, a heart nearly beyond help and struggling for light. Casting the Evil Eye takes a hard look into this remote, tribal belt of India and steps into a murky world: of witch doctors and witch hunters, of spells and counter-spells, of poverty and rank material greed, of death and devilry, of oppression and ostracism - ultimately, of humanity against itself.

Casting the Evil Eye courageously documents the societal evil of witch-hunts and witch-trails and speaks passionately about this man-made evil that stalks the destitute and the deprived. It is a social document in the form of a book, a telling commentary on the fractures that split and hurt Indian society, a case history of those victimized brutally on the margins and left behind in the march toward modernization.

About the Author :

Archana Mishra was born in Patna in 1962. She did her PhD from Patna University and taught chemistry for a while. Despite an opportunity to work as a research scientist in the National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur, she opted for a career in journalism. Her articles have appeared in The Times of India, The Asian Age, The Telegraph and The Avenue Mail on subjects related to education, history, health, gender discrimination and other social issues. Casting the Evil Eye is her first work of non-fiction. Presently, she is working on her second book.

 

CONTENTS

 

Dedication vi
Foreword vii
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xii
Introduction 1
Bongaas: The Witch Doctors 5
Beliefs and Myths about Witches 31
The Banquet 43
There's a Witch in the Village! 47
Health, Women, and Witchcraft 111
In the Land of the Witches 155
A Bitter Legacy 161
Dark Clouds With A Silver Lining 167
Witchcraft and Law 179
Postscript 189
Glossary 199

 

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