The Devil's Children: From Spirit Possession to Witchcraft : New Allegations that Affect Children

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Jean Sybil La Fontaine
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Social Science - 204 pages
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A number of cases of serious child abuse have resulted from beliefs that children may be possessed by evil spirits and may then be given the power to bewitch others. This text draws together contributions on aspects of possession and witchcraft from leading academics and expert practitioners in the field.
 

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Contents

Beliefs in Possession
13
The Meaning of Possession
27
Possession and Deliverance in a British Pentecostal Church
61
The Jinn Black Magic and Evil Eye Among
77
The Practice of Spirit Possession in Haitian Vodou
91
Possession in The Celestial Church of Christ
109
Children Accused
115
Abandonment and Care in a World
129
Child Abuse Linked to Accusations
151
The Impact of Spirit Possession on the Childs Mental Health
173
The Christian Church and Child Protection an Overview
189
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Professor Jean La Fontaine, Ph.D. Anthropology Cambridge is a Research Fellow of Inform, and Professor Emeritus at the London School of Economics. She has carried out anthropological fieldwork in eastern Uganda, Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and in England. She has taught anthropology at Birkbeck College London and the London School of Economics. Her most recent book, Speak of the Devil, concerned allegations of devil worship in England. She is currently studying accusations of witchcraft against children in London.

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