African Studies | Occultism in Africa
L202 | 30670 | Adu-Amankwah, David
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