21. The Doctor Will See You Now: Divination, Witchcraft, and Knowledge

Posted on 3 February 2019

Special forms of knowledge and the explanation of misfortunes in African tradition.

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Further Reading

• W. Bascom, Ifa Divination: Communication Between Gods and Men in West Africa (Bloomington: 1969).

• B. Epstein, “The Diviner and the Scientist: Revisiting the Question of Alternative Standards of Rationality,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 78 (2010), 1048-86.

• E. Evans-Pritchard, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande (Oxford: 1937).

• P. Ikuenobe, “Cognitive Relativism, African Philosophy, and the Phenomenon of Witchcraft,” Journal of Social Philosophy 26 (1995), 143-60.

• J. Middleton, Lugbara Religion: Ritual and Authority among an East African People (London: 1960).

• J. Middleton and E.H. Winter (eds), Witchcraft and Sorcery in East Africa (London: 1963).

O. Ogunnaike, Deep Knowledge: Ways of Knowing in Sufism and Ifa, Two West African Intellectual Traditions (Philadelphia: 2020).

• P. Peek (ed.), African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing (Bloomington: 1991).

• V. Turner, Revelation and Divination in Ndembu Ritual (Ithaca: 1975).

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