The Sorcerer as an Absented Third Person

Formations of Fear and Anger in Vanuatu

in Social Analysis
Author: Knut Rio 1
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  • 1 University of Bergen Knut.Rio@uib.no
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This essay revolves around a recent intensification of homicidal sorcery on Ambrym Island in Vanuatu, central Melanesia. During my periods of fieldwork on the island, spanning from 1995 to 2000, the situation in my region changed dramatically. Even though Ambrym social life has always been imbued with sorcery, the circumstances around the turn of the millennium represented a complete loss of control and an existential crisis.

Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology

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