Tubman Talks: On binding magic in Ethiopia

The Tubman Talks is pleased to present Meley Mulugetta, Ph.D., and her talk “On binding magic in Ethiopia” on Thursday January 29, 2015 from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm in Room 314, York Lanes, York University, Keele Campus.

Mulugetta will talk about how Ethiopian magical texts abound in their inclusion of magical formulae for binding slaves, used with the intention of preventing, usually a slave, from running away. This presentation will embark on a description of binding magic, the context of their uses and highlight the role of the däbtära, whose “in betwixt” status enables him to cross rigid boundaries of traditional power structures in Christian Ethiopian culture.

Meley Mulugetta is a lecturer in African History and Religions in the Department of Humanities and History at York University.

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