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In Havilands chapter on religion and the supernatural witchcraft can be defined as an explanation of events based on the beliefs that some individuals possess a psychic power This power is capable of causing harm including such things as sickness and death Because people believe that there is a meaning or a cause for the actions that happen to them reversing the action is also possible therefore there becomes an assumption that the problem can be taken care of by practicing witchcraft In Return to Laughter by Elenore Smith Bowen witchcraft is alive and can be seen as part of the African tribes social structure In numerous chapters in Return to Laughter we see the concept of witchcraft Two in particular include the sick wife of Poorgbilin and the death of Amara In chapter eleven Poorgbilins wife is sick and was given medicine to try and make her better However the possibility of witchcraft was alive and it was evident that Poorgbilins wife believed someone was killing her Both Poorgbilin and his wife feared witchcraft but there was the possibility that the witches were getting at Poorgbilin through his wife Redwoman had seen many husbands with their wives sick and medicines consulting with the elders and ceremonies performed but never had she seen anything like Poorgbilins sick wife There was always the possibility that the witchs powers were stronger then anyone could have control over Another example of witchcraft was seen when Amara is sick Redwoman encounters another episode of witchcraft when Amara was pregnant but grew sick while she was in labor Amara had been given so many medicines that there was little hope for her to pull through Udama who was with Redwoman at Amaras believed that there was magic in what was going on She believed that only evil bear by man could prevent something this horrible Unfortunately for Amara she dies and she is unable to overcome the witchcraft that
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