Evil and Superstition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Religious Infanticide and Filicide

  title={Evil and Superstition in Sub-Saharan Africa: Religious Infanticide and Filicide},
  author={C. Agazue and H. Gavin},
A distinct category of women has been identified in different parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, those who commit extreme forms of violence and murder against their children in order to fulfil their religious obligations or to protect themselves from perceived magico-spiritual harms from their children. The whole of Africa is currently witnessing a heightened level of witch-hunting. Historically, some African witch-hunting incidents are triggered by witch-doctors who are keen to protect their clients… Expand
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  • Nelly Moia
  • Medicine
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1979
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