Thomas H. Slone
THSlone at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 21 14:56:22 EST 2004
Dan Jorgensen recently wrote on ASAONET that "poisen" and "sanguma"
are no longer the terms used for witchcraft in Tok Pisin. Mihalic
List members might be interested to know that our dictionary entry
was cited in the ASAONET discussion on this topic. Jorgensen wrote
that "wiskrap" is the commonly used term and that it represents a
different type of sorcery, linked to "Third Wave Evangelism". Third
Wave Evangelism is apparently a type of post-evangelistic
Christianity that incorporates the need to combat demonic forces.
Specifically, this type of witchcraft is a recent phenomenon
associated with the AIDS epidemic and the folk concept that AIDS/HIV
is associated with sorcery (i.e., the belief that there is no such
thing as natural death).
Some recent news stories on witchcraft in PNG may be of interest:
More information about the Mihalic