Witches Of Waitiki

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In this short story, JP Kerawala portrays a classical representation of his witches. With a glimpse of their faces, the witches of Waitiki can startle just about anyone. A sari covers up their white, unruly hair and hides away their hideous features of pupil less eyes, half-eaten ears, and only two holes for a nose. They live in isolation in the small village of Waitiki away from the crowded cities of India. The few villagers living in Waitiki fear and do not dare go near their house. Across the country, powerful, hideous women that control the natural world are known as “dans.” They are the victims of the countless acts of violence in the name of cleanliness of society. From the years 2002-12, about 2500 people, mostly women, have been killed…show more content…
The village of Waitiki is a small village with a predominantly male population. Any women arriving in the village, specifically with some power over them, is sure to cause some trouble within the community. The Witches of Waitiki move into an abandoned house, and no villager had the courage to throw them out. To reach the main road of the village, they must take a longer route in order to avoid the witches. This type of behavior must belittle the dominant-male stigma that the villagers have. In the article “Women as Witches and Keepers of Demons..,” the author states that “witch-hunting is not a suppression of a rebellion,” but rather a “rebellion…by men in the process of establishing the authority of men” (Nathan WS59). In other words, the hunts are used to ensure the gender roles in their society. As a country, India has come far in its advancement of women’s rights, but the remote areas still hold on to these beliefs. When it comes to religion, most women are not allowed to practice “priesthood for they will become witches and misuse the knowledge” (WS60). These male and religious dogmas are set to establish a male dominated society that holds prejudice beliefs towards…show more content…
Texts like these are important to discuss because it shows the trickster side that women may use for their advantages. This reveals why maybe some women did and still confess to practicing the art of witchcraft. Although the Witches of Waitiki ended up with a happy ending where the people understood why they were different, this is not the case of many women accused in India every day. The belief of superstition and witchcraft is a social norm in modern day India despite advancements in science and women’s rights. To cleanse society, these women fall victim of the ignorance, prejudice, and financial instability of the witch
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