Closer to the past

It’s one thing to try to understand Elizabethan England as it was, right down to its beliefs where dogs were just as likely to be witchcraft agents (if you believe studies by Julian Goodare and Emma Wilby) as well as use of dowries in marriages and homophobia. It’s another however to find these same beliefs and practises alive and well in former colonies like Ghana, part of Cameroon and Uganda to whatever degree.

Dowries are still expected in Ghanaian, Cameroonian and Ugandan marriages. As is the belief in dog witchcraft and superstitions among some churches and communities. Not to mention that all three are rising economies, with two having seen a considerable fertility decline. That and disdain for homosexuality. Maybe not exactly like Elizabethan England but closer to how it was in practise and reality.

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