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.