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The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies   By: (1874-)

The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies by Frank Worthington

Frank Worthington's The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies is a compelling exploration of the complex history and cultural dynamics of Rhodesia. This collection of insightful essays offers readers a unique window into the nuanced world of traditional healers and their significance in the Rhodesian society.

Worthington's extensive research and profound knowledge is evident throughout the book. He skillfully delves into the lives and practices of witch doctors, elucidating the intricate rituals and captivating beliefs that govern their ancient traditions. The author's meticulous attention to detail paints a vivid picture of the witch doctor's role in Rhodesian communities, highlighting their powerful influence and remarkable healing techniques.

Beyond its captivating exploration of witch doctors, The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies also delves into other noteworthy aspects of Rhodesian culture. From traditional music and dance to the importance of storytelling, Worthington brings these subjects to life, fostering a deep understanding and appreciation for the richness of Rhodesian heritage.

What sets this book apart is Worthington's ability to weave together historical context and personal narratives. His engaging writing style effortlessly transports readers to the heart of Rhodesia, allowing us to experience the country's vivid landscapes and diverse population. Through intimate encounters and insightful interviews, Worthington effectively humanizes the subjects of his studies, enabling readers to forge a genuine connection with the individuals he portrays.

One of the book's most commendable aspects is its respectful approach to Rhodesian culture. Rather than imposing external perspectives or judgments, Worthington allows the voices of the people he encounters to shape the narrative. This respectful and empathetic tone fosters a greater understanding of the intricate social fabric of Rhodesia, encouraging readers to appreciate its complexity rather than simplifying it.

However, while The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies provides a comprehensive look into the cultural landscape of Rhodesia, it occasionally lacks a more critical analysis of the broader political and social issues that shaped the country during the period of the author's research. A deeper exploration of the historical context would have further enriched the depth and scope of the book.

In conclusion, Frank Worthington's The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies is a captivating exploration of Rhodesian culture, specifically focusing on the enigmatic world of witch doctors. The book's engaging writing style, meticulous research, and respectful representation of Rhodesian traditions make it a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of this unique society. Despite its occasional shortcomings in providing a broader political context, Worthington's work offers readers an enlightening journey into the heart and soul of Rhodesia.

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( Lately Secretary for Native Affairs, Northern Rhodesia ).

LONDON: THE FIELD PRESS LTD., Windsor House, Bream's Buildings, E.C.4



THE MIND OF THE NATIVE. PAGE The Witch Doctor 3 The Riddle of Life and Death 25 Flattery 28 Lizizi 35 Mironda a Woman 46


Protective Colouring 57 Darwin a Bird 59 The Lion's Skin 67 The Reverend Mr. Bumpus 74 The Salvation Army Captain 81 The Sport of Kings 86 The Lions of Makululumi 94


White Men at Play 105 On the Building of Bridges 115 The Compleat Angler 120 The Song of the Great Occasion 125 The Descent of Man 132 The Railway Contractor 138 The Licensed Victualler 149 The Johnnie come Lately 154 The Lost Rubies 160 The Cattle King 170 Partners 177 The Letter Home 194 The Doctor 214

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