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Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho: The Anatomy of a Moral Crisis

Colin Murray and Peter Sanders


Medicine murder involved the cutting of body parts from victims, usually while they were still alive, to be used for the preparation of medicines intended to enhance the power of the perpetrators. A startling increase in cases of medicine murder apparently took place in Basutoland (now Lesotho), in southern Africa, in the late 1940s and the early 1950s. It gave rise to a dramatic crisis of late colonial rule. Was this increase a real one? If so, why did it happen? How far does it explain the crisis? What other factors contributed? This book offers some comprehensive answers to these difficult, ... More

Keywords: medicine murder, Lesotho, Basutoland, medicines, body parts, southern Africa, colonial rule

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622849
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622849.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Murray, author

Peter Sanders, author