Sorcery in the World

in The Power of the Between

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226775340
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226775364 | DOI:
Sorcery in the World

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This chapter focuses on the author's decision to revisit the world of sorcery following a cancer diagnosis. His knowledge of sorcery provided comfort in the village of the sick. His own religious background, Judaism, gave him a set of abstract principles about the world in which he lived but provided no concrete formulas for dealing with an unexpected and incurable disease. From his new vantage as a person living in the village of the sick, sorcery, by contrast, provided a reassuring set of principles about how to live in the world.

Keywords: cancer; sorcery; Judaism

Chapter.  4342 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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