“Witchcraft is practiced among the Zande of central Africa, and it is comparable to other belief systems–including Christianity–in that it allows humans to explain, to treat, and to blame others for illness and misfortune.”

Dr. Margaret Buckner is a professor of Anthropology at Missouri State University
Dr. Buckner received a B.A in anthropology and in linguistics in 1978 from San Diego
University. In her junior year, she spent almost a year traveling around South
America, and learned in Brazil. Dr. Buckner later joined the Peace Corps
and was stationed in Bangassou, Central African Republic, where she English
and Spanish for three years. During her time there, learned the Zande and Sango
languages. She eventually attended the University of Paris X (Nanterre) for graduate
study in ethnology. Dr. Buckner came to Missouri State in 1997. Her focus is in
African cultures, linguistics, ethnomusicology, and medical anthropology.

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.*
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