SUNY Press, African Caribbean Institute
Geisel School of Medicine
My first experience with witchcraft in Africa occurred in March 1960 in Mombasa, Kenya, just as I stepped off the gangway of the MS Inchanga following a voyage from India. Next to the ship in a dockside kiosk I saw a newspaper with the headline, “European Geologist Attacked in Gogoland: Witchcraft Suspected.” It was the story of a 22-year-old British geologist, William Hanning, who had been prospecting for minerals in a remote part of nearby Tanzania when by mistake he dug into a burial ground. He was believed to be a witch, disguised as a European, out to steal body parts and to destroy ancestral graves.
Dartmouth Digital Commons Citation
Miller, Norman, "Encounters With Witchcraft" (2012). Dartmouth Scholarship. 3994.