Tribal Customs and Colonial Law

TitleTribal Customs and Colonial Law
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsConnolly, P, Englehardt, E, Hinman, L, Ladenson, R, Leever, M, Cox-White, B
Pagination1 p.
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsANTHROPOLOGY , HUMAN rights , Public Policy , Social Justice , SOCIOLOGY
AbstractIn 1961, two women living in a secluded part of Rhodesia belonging to the Kalanga tribe came to their local witch doctor and expressed their fears that the drought in the area posed the threat of starvation for their entire tribe. The Kalanga tribe had almost no contact with the outside world. The witch doctor promised to prepare a traditional potion to stop the drought whose ingredients include the toes, fingers and parts of the stomach of a member of the tribe. When the two women brought the witch doctor the body of a young cousin for use in the potion, the colonial authorities who had heard of this incident put the two women on trial for murder.
NotesCase from the 2001 APPE National Ethics Bowl Championship. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2001.
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