Passing the Buck to Demons

Critchfield, Richard
November 1975
New Republic;11/8/75, Vol. 173 Issue 19, p15
The article presents a firsthand account of the life and social beliefs of people living in Afro-Asian villages. To most villagers the idea of a "population crisis" is wildly illogical. Their gods are good, and evil is explained by demons and black magic. Superstition is much stronger in the Muslim Middle East, particularly in rural Egypt. In black Africa the witch doctors more directly confront and resist modernization.


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