Collision and Collusion of Tradition and Modernity

Fascinating and terrifying long form piece on witchcraft trials and violence in Papua New Guinea. Witchcraft has long been part of traditional beliefs in the country, but the incursion of various forms of modernity has not in fact lessened the danger to persecuted witches (nearly always women), but rather increased it. How are these two powerful forces, tradition and modernity, colliding to drastically increase violence and brutality in this often-forgotten country?



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