Narrative and Counter-Narrative: Explaining Medicine Murder

Murray Colin and Sanders Peter

in Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622849
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652952 | DOI:
Narrative and Counter-Narrative: Explaining Medicine Murder

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According to G. I. Jones, the ‘primary cause’ of medicine murders was the belief in the efficacy of medicines prepared from human flesh. The ‘secondary causes’ and ‘the reasons why they suddenly became so frequent and fashionable’, were almost entirely political. They were: the unchecked development of certain parts of the Basotho political system; the friction over the paramountcy between Bereng and Seeiso; the dispute over the regency; and the political reforms introduced by the government. There was also a narrative claiming that there was no such thing as medicine murder, or else such murders were being committed by persons of no importance.

Keywords: G. I. Jones; Jones' report; medicine murders; human flesh; Basotho political system

Chapter.  17811 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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