African Studies | Occultism in Africa
L202 | 30893 | David Adu-Amankwah


Belief in the occult has been solidly established as a universal
dimension of human experience. There is always the tendency to limit
occultism to witchcraft and magic, but the spectrum of the occult is
broad enough to cover aspects of what might otherwise be termed
religion (Kiernan, 2006). This course examines the concept of the
occult, identifying some of the major forms it takes among Africans
in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa (especially Ghana and West
Africa), and exploring its power and influence within the selected
region. At the end of the course students will have a clear
intellectual understanding of occult practice in Africa (exemplified
by Ghana, West Africa) and the major role it plays in the
traditional society.

Students enrolling in the course must be willing to set aside their
preconceptions about paranormal claims. The goal of the course is
not to convince the student to believe or disbelieve any particular
proposition, and he or she must be willing to examine all paranormal
questions objectively.