Witchcraft Oracles And Magic Among The Azande Analysis

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Edward Evans-Pritchard and Zande Society
In the book Witchcraft, Oracles, and Magic among the Azande, E. E. Pritchard writes about the Azande and their involvement with witchcraft, oracles, and magic. Pritchard studies the Azande closely and finds out there way of living and their values. Pritchard writes how Azande view witchcraft as something organic and hereditary. Pritchard describes how Azande believe that witchcraft causes unfortunate events, and also brings misfortune to some Zande. Pritchard goes more into detail by writing if those witches that caused the misfortune do it consciously or unconsciously. Lastly Pritchard talks about witch doctors, and their role in Azande society (Evans-Pritchard, 1976).
For Pritchard studying what Azande thought about witchcraft was not difficult. Azande ideas and actions are on the surface of their lives and anyone can see that if they live there for a few weeks. Azande saw witchcraft as
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They believe that if something bad happens to them it is because of witchcraft. Though not all the time, an example is when an old wooden house falls down. If the house falls down when there is nobody there than it is just a simple old wooden house falling because of terminates. It is a different case when the house falls down when there are people in there. They think why it would fall when there is people in there; why that exact time. In those occasion it is when they accuse witchcraft for that unfortunate event. Pritchard asked the Azande whether they think some witches are unconscious of their witchcraft. Azande believe that most witch are conscious agents and that they plan their assault, but there can be a rare occasion when a man is accused of witchcraft but has never even been to the house of the victim. That is when it is assume to be an error or they did it unconsciously, but most of the time they believe that the rest of them are

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