[ FREE EPUB ] ♵ Spellbound ♫ MOBI eBook or Kindle ePUB free

I loved it Of course, I lived it so I would love it. There s not much to critique given this book is anecdotal, in that it relates Karen Palmer s exploration of how women accused of witchcraft are treated with prejudice in Northern Ghana Palmer approaches a feminist perspective while for the most part remaining objective She s just a visitor of course, attempting to assimilate the archaic culture of impoverished villages that causes women to be killed, or at least exiled, for being accused of witchcraft and where their lives often hang on the judgement of a witch doctor, who makes a profit on hunting witches Most of the women accused will spend the rest of their lives in poverty and exile regardless of the wealth and status they maintained previous to the accusations Rationally, this book is also a discussion on human rights violations, sex biased prejudice, and religious prejudice Anyone from child to geriatric can make a fatal accusation for any reason and without any proof, then the witch doctor is called in and a woman s life is ended based on this man s judgement I think that says it all as far as synopsis is concerned The book wanes a bit as it ends, but you also get the impression that Palmer s efforts are also waning You ll find yourself sympathising with the exiled women and with Palmer s inability to do anything about it Not a long story, is a compelling read, and easy enough to digest. Heart wrenching, thought provoking and well laid out, this glimpse into the world of Ghanian Witch camps, where men and women are exiled or escape to after accusations of sorcery For most it is an place of shame blamed for actions not their own, guided by ancient mysticism and betrayed by their own culture they find themselves at the mercy of organizations, chiefs and those given power over them Karen Palmer lays out the many issues which have accumulated to create these places where women can be put because of another s bad dreams, lean times or unexpected deaths, things all too common in the remote villages from which they come. The author has a white savior complex soaked in skepticism and there is heavy exoticism of Africa. [ FREE EPUB ] ☺ Spellbound ♻ As I Attempted To Digest Stories Of Spiritual Cannibalism, Of Curses That Could Cost A Student Her Eyesight Or Ignite The Pages Of The Books She Read, I Knew I Was Not Alone In My Skepticism And Yet, When I Caught Sight Of The Waving Arms Of An Industrious Scarecrow, The Hair On The Back Of My Neck Would Stand On End It Was Most Palpable At Night, This Creepy Feeling, When The Moon Stayed Low To The Horizon And The Dust Kicked Up In The Breeze, Reaching Out And Pulling Back With Ghostly Fingers There Was Something To This Place That Could Be Felt But Not Seen With These Words, Karen Palmer Takes Us Inside One Of West Africa S Witch Camps, Where Hundreds Of Banished Women Struggle To Survive Under The Watchful Eye Of A Powerful Wizard Palmer Arrived At The Gambaga Witch Camp With An Outsider S Sense Of Outrage, Believing It Was Little Than A Dumping Ground For Difficult Women Soon, However, She Encountered Stories She Could Not Explain A Woman Who Confessed She D Attacked A Girl Given To Her As A Sacrifice Another One Desperately Trying To Rid Herself Of The Witchcraft She Believed Helped Her Kill Dozens Of PeopleIn Spellbound, Palmer Brilliantly Recounts The Kaleidoscope Of Experiences That Greeted Her In The Remote Witch Camps Of Northern Ghana, Where Than , Exiled Women And Men Live In Extreme Poverty, Many Sentenced In A Ceremony Hinging On The Death Throes Of A Sacrificed ChickenAs She Ventured Deeper Into Ghana S Grasslands, Palmer Found Herself Swinging Between Belief And Disbelief She Was Shown Books That Caught On Fire For No Reason And Met Diviners Who Accurately Predicted The Future From The Schoolteacher Who Believed Africa Should Use The Power Of Its Witches To Gain Wealth And Prestige To The Social Worker Who Championed The Rights Of Accused Witches But Also Took His Wife To A Witch Doctor, Palmer Takes Readers Deep Inside A Shadowy Layer Of Rural African SocietyAs The Sheen Of The Exotic Wore Off, Palmer Saw The Camp For What It Was A Hidden Colony Of Women Forced To Rely On Food Scraps From The Weekly Market She Witnessed The Way Witchcraft Preyed On People S Fears And Resentments Witchcraft Could Be A Comfort In Times Of Distress, A Way Of Explaining A Crippling Drought Or The Inexplicable Loss Of A Child It Was A Means Of Predicting The Unpredictable And Controlling The Uncontrollable But Witchcraft Was Also A Tool For Social Control In This Vivid, Startling Work Of First Person Reportage, Palmer Sheds Light On The Plight Of Women In A Rarely Seen Corner Of The World I find it problematic that it is written by a white woman with no real understanding of Ghanaian history, culture, or even language Sure, she lived there for awhile, and obviously enjoyed herself, and somewhat became friends with those she met, but does that mean she truly understands the layers of social, economic and psychological meanings witch camps in Ghana How can she really neutrally share the facts about witch camps when she can t even speak the languages Palmer admits herself, in chapter four or five that she has difficulty understanding all the stories from those she interviews, and that at times during the interviews it was like playing broken telephone Anyone who has played that game should then understand how completely unreliable holding an interview through broken telephone would be Even so when the telephone includes three rounds of translation on the way there, and another three on the way back Her confusion and lack of clarity shines through her chapters, which are clumsy in their own storytelling.So what can we really take away from a book written in these conditions How long did she stay in Gambaga What authority and research does she have to provide a narrative to witchcraft rulings in Ghana It obviously would have been trustworthy to read this type of book about Ghana if written by a Ghanaian with the cultural perspective to share about these distinctly Ghanaian experiences As it is, this book lacks real focus and is often repetitive It feels as though no one story is fully fleshed out, while at the same time, draws from experiences of many different women to attempt to produce one larger cohesive narrative And yet, just about the only thing I learned from this book is that witch camps exist The intricacies behind the layers of why and how they exist, remains a mystery. Interesting material although Karen Palmer goes from documenting the sorrow of these women condemned to living a life of poverty in a remote environment while scrabbling or begging or depending on aid shipments.Their only crime is being a member of a society that does not respect or value women and this is a convenient way of discarding them.The deep superstition embedded in this patriarchal culture to focus anger when bad events happen is also one that allows the tribal male heads to profit from the labor of the women and the deep devisions within their families.Many remedies exist to exorcise the evil out of these woman but it too comes at a price and those who are able to return to their families face superstitious communities that are only too willing to level these accusations again although I enjoyed this book I found myself wondering what message the author was really trying to put forward Spellbound is a somewhat ironic title for a book which is, ultimately, not that interesting The author has spent some time in the area and I suppose felt she needed to get a book out of that experience However, the topic seems to have eluded her and in its place we have a mish mash of history, sociology and personal anecdotes Not until page 200 do we actually meet a self professed practitioner of witchcraft who is of course male Basically, men can do whatever they want and women are vulnerable It s a sad tale, definitely, but somehow this book does not illuminate. I found this book okay She tried to write a balanced perspective, but as someone who lived for two years in Northern Ghana, I think she missed a lot I was within one day biking distance of Gambaga but lived with a different tribe It felt to me as if she was looking for a story and then wrote about it There was much that she wrote that did not ring true I d be interested in what other people who have knowledge of Northern Ghana thought. I seldom read non fiction but I found this book very interesting It talks about the cultural reasons why the belief in witchcraft is very difficult to overcome as well as the plight of the women in the witchcamps