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Chloe Nahum-Claudel: Confessed Sorcerers, 3 November 2022

Of Humans, Pigs and Souls: An Essay on the Yagwoia ‘Womba’ Complex 
by Jadran Mimica.
Hau, 160 pp., £16, February 2021, 978 1 912808 31 1
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Fire on the Island: Fear, Hope and a Christian Revival in Vanuatu 
by Tom Bratrud.
Berghahn, 213 pp., £89, April, 978 1 80073 464 7
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... of her womba soul affliction’. Fire on the Island, an account by the Norwegian anthropologist Tom Bratrud of his time on Ahamb, a small island in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, offers a contrasting picture. Ahamb had no history of witch-hunts, but while Bratrud was there a Christian revivalist movement took ...

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