Psychogenic death: individual effects of sorcery and taboo violation

@article{Dein2003PsychogenicDI,
  title={Psychogenic death: individual effects of sorcery and taboo violation},
  author={S. Dein},
  journal={Mental Health, Religion & Culture},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={195 - 202}
}
  • S. Dein
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Mental Health, Religion & Culture
  • Can social causes directly effect physiological processes? In many parts of the world, there are reports that those who have broken a ritual prohibition or hold that they are victims of sorcery give up and die, a phenomenon labelled by anthropologists as voodoo death. The mechanisms for this remain controversial. The features include: lethargy, lack of motivation, extreme guilt, social withdrawal, reduced appetite and thirst, and ultimately death. Although a belief in the power of sorcery is… CONTINUE READING
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