Anthropology of Religion

Book review: And Man Created God, by Selina O'Grady

Book review: And Man Created God, by Selina O'Grady

If you lived at the time of Jesus and were looking round for a basis for your spiritual life, you would have found plenty to choose from.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 4:24pm

Finding traces of the present in ancient bronze

History is often said to be about studying the past to better understand the present. Nothing could be truer for Professor Chen Zhi of Hong Kong Baptist University.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

All Kinds of Magic

All Kinds of Magic by Piers Moore Ede Bloomsbury, HK$117

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

What changed and why

Apologies to Annie for the changes I made to Lost Love.

Besides the details I've altered, my version has a happier ending.

The main character now discovers that when Tom declared his love for her, he wasn't under the power of a magic spell, he was telling her what he truly felt.

23 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Developer of private cemetery disputes order to demolish

The developer of a private cemetery on a Tai Po island has disputed an order to demolish unauthorised structures on Ma Shi Chau.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Rekindled belief in sorcery leads to rise in grisly killings in PNG

When Raphael Kogun's uncle fell ill two years ago, his brothers knew exactly what to do. They called in a witchdoctor to find out who was responsible for him becoming bagarup - pidgin for sick, from the English 'buggered up'.

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New breed of residents confounds the 'comeback cadre'

Shi Honglin had little reason to celebrate when he was reappointed party chief of Baoguantun village last year, 11 years after being sacked in the wake of complaints to the county government.

Mr Shi had been party chief of the village in Nanpi county, one of the poorest parts of Hebei province , for 10 years, since 1984.

1 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Trouble brewing on Witch Mountain

Seoul may be one of Asia's most unrelentingly modern cities, but on the upper slopes of Mt Inwhang, the peak that looms over the heart of the city, Seol Young-mi is carrying out an eerie ancient ritual.

26 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Healing heritage handed down the centuries

What are shamans - and what do they do?

According to shaman student Carla Fox's website, the shamans of the Andes and the Amazon have practised a simple form of energy healing for thousands of years.

7 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

The four invisible boxes

The Emperor was drawing up the guest list for his baby son's christening and had come to a moment he couldn't put off any longer. Should he invite the Grey Witch? He could not put off the decision for another second.

21 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

'Witches' face life in perverse retirement camp

Women are sent away to do penance for their alleged use of the dark arts

The world may just have had some fun with the Halloween holiday but in Ghana, witchcraft is a deadly serious business for the women who have been accused of it.

1 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Do you believe in magic?


I believe in the unexplained. Sometimes I get a feeling that something's not right and I can't explain why. I'm sure there's a reason, but sometimes you just can't articulate it. I'm much more of a feeler than a thinker. Personally, I think love is magical.


10 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Ghost busters busted

High fever? Severe shivering? Chills? If you'd displayed such symptoms in ancient times, chances are the locals would have called on the village exorcist to rid you of evil and restore you to health.

21 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


Practical Magic

Pearl, 9.30pm

15 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Disturbing view

In a report in the South China Morning Post on April 21 about the reactions of some 'Pro-Beijing figures' to Anson Chan's speech to the Asian Society last Thursday, Raymond Wu Wai-yung is quoted as saying that 'We should not take her words seriously. It doesn't matter what one says when one has no authority'.

25 Apr 2001 - 12:00am