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Imagining Evil- Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Contemporary Africa by Gerrie ter Haar - Review

Imagining Evil- Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Contemporary Africa by Gerrie ter Haar - Review

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Imagining Evil: Witchcraft Beliefs and Accusations in Contemporary Africa by Gerrie ter Haar Review by: Jean La Fontaine African

Studies Review, Vol. 51, No. 1 (Apr., 2008), pp. 137-138 Published by: African Studies Association Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27667298 . Accessed: 18/01/2012 14:56
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