Friday, June 21, 2013

Witchcraft as a repugnant transaction in Indonesia?

Al Jazeera reports on efforts to ban witchcraft in Indonesia: Indonesia considers ban on witchcraft

"People accused of practising black magic in Indonesia could be jailed for five years if a revised criminal code is accepted by parliament.

"However, there is a lot of resistance to the proposed new law, as witchcraft is big business in the country."

In the United States and elsewhere, there are all sorts of laws and regulations about who may (and who may not) practice medicine, and I expected the story to be about efforts to ban witchdoctors on the grounds of practicing medicine without a license.  But the story suggests that at least some of the motivation for the ban comes from a feeling that witchcraft is effective...

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