La stregoneria come discorso sulla percezione della modernità: la credenza nei kôn

Following Gonzalez Díez’s (2013 and 2014) work on Gabonese witchcraft, this article aims to understand how traditional forms of witchcraft, and specifically the transformation of people into kôn, that is zombie-like slaves laboring for their masters, is based on relationships of kinship and power. Regional variations in Cameroon and South Africa are also taken into consideration in order to highlight both temporal continuity or discontinuity as well as beliefs about the dominance of occult forces in contemporary African societies.