Over the years, there has been much Anthropological inquiry into witchcraft and how it functions in the lives of people. Most of the research conducted in South Africa concerning witchcraft has been carried out amongst black South Africans with very little attention paid to white South Africans. Having come across a group of white, Afrikaans-speaking women who are practicing witches, I decided to investigate how they use their craft in their daily lives to make sense of their past and present. Given that white South Africans have largely escaped anthropological analysis due to privilege, I found no literature pertaining to white, Afrikaans-speaking people being connected to witchcraft. I decided to establish a historical trajectory through the existing literature and then connected my coven to this. I was also given the opportunity to be initiated and the chance to engage in becoming a witch myself. Apart from participant observation, I was able to interview the women and construct detailed life histories which were the primary sources of data that I used for this project. I found that the women primarily use their craft to make sense of their positions as Afrikaans-speaking women in post-apartheid South Africa as well as redefine their connection to nature through their gender and use it to empower themselves. This is an area that warrants much more investigation and as such I will be continuing this project into a PhD in order to explore all that which I did not have the space for in this project.
Mini Dissertation (MA)--University of Pretoria, 2019.