The Other?

I love this picture, taken during a play about witchdoctors. This is dr. Koko, and he is eating a snake while the audience scampers away in fear. The purpose of the play was to show how witchdoctors play on fears of their audience, and how they use props such as chemical reactions and rubber snakes to do that. But if you don’t know that background, what you see might well be the image of dark Africa: superstition, backwardness, scary occultism. That’s not the image of Africa that I want to spread. So… lovely picture, but it cannot be used?

Author: johannekekroesbergen

I am a lecturer in Religion Studies and Anthropology of Religion at Justo Mwale University in Lusaka, Zambia. Currently I am working on my PhD-thesis on narratives about Satanism in Zambia. In my free time, I love hiking, safaris and enjoying nature through photography.

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