Provisional Annotated Chronological List of Witch-Finding Movements in Malawi, 1850-1980

Provisional Annotated Chronological List of Witch-Finding Movements in Malawi, 1850-1980 PROVISIONAL ANNOTATED CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITCH-FINDING MOVEMENTS IN MALAWI, 1850-1980 by J. C. CHAKANZA (Chancellor College, University of Malawi) 1. M'bisalira [1850-1914] / Mabisalira / Mavumbula Origin: M'bisalira [from bisalira = hide in wait for], is a generic name for a witch-finder prominent before the 1911 Witchcraft Act which forbade the administering of the mwabvi poison ordeal. He or she generally operated within specific societies in a manner which was not uniform. After the First World War and with the rise of other witch-finding movements like mchapi, which spread far and wide among different ethnic groups, the m'bisalira has gone underground. Activities: The m'bisalira was called by a territorial chief or head- man when a serious threat hung over the community, e.g., epidemic diseases among people, livestock, a series of bad harvests, droughts, etc. This implied witchcraft or sorcery at work outside the scope of the ordinary sing'anga (medicineman/divinerJ . He held a series of mass meetings at which he exposed the afiti [witches]. For instance, he or she arrived in a village and stayed on for a number of days, listening attentively to all the talk, and noted the main issues of conflict and the people who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Africa Brill

Provisional Annotated Chronological List of Witch-Finding Movements in Malawi, 1850-1980

Journal of Religion in Africa, Volume 15 (3): 227 – Jan 1, 1985

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© 1985 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0022-4200
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1570-0666
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10.1163/157006685X00110
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PROVISIONAL ANNOTATED CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITCH-FINDING MOVEMENTS IN MALAWI, 1850-1980 by J. C. CHAKANZA (Chancellor College, University of Malawi) 1. M'bisalira [1850-1914] / Mabisalira / Mavumbula Origin: M'bisalira [from bisalira = hide in wait for], is a generic name for a witch-finder prominent before the 1911 Witchcraft Act which forbade the administering of the mwabvi poison ordeal. He or she generally operated within specific societies in a manner which was not uniform. After the First World War and with the rise of other witch-finding movements like mchapi, which spread far and wide among different ethnic groups, the m'bisalira has gone underground. Activities: The m'bisalira was called by a territorial chief or head- man when a serious threat hung over the community, e.g., epidemic diseases among people, livestock, a series of bad harvests, droughts, etc. This implied witchcraft or sorcery at work outside the scope of the ordinary sing'anga (medicineman/divinerJ . He held a series of mass meetings at which he exposed the afiti [witches]. For instance, he or she arrived in a village and stayed on for a number of days, listening attentively to all the talk, and noted the main issues of conflict and the people who

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Published: Jan 1, 1985

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