What does anthropology have to say about how the emotions fear/fright effect well being ¦
During our lifetime we will encounter many different situations, which will ultimately lead to raised stress levels, i.e. work deadlines, raising our children, relationship problems etc.
But what if the stress you were being caused was as a result of some magical force placed upon you by an enemy, which would ultimately lead to your untimely death. In some cultures this threat is very real. It is commonly known as "voodoo death this belief in magic and sorcery seen to exist in many cultures across the world i.e. Australian aborigines, Andean highlands, Hong Kong, South East Asia, North Africa, Siberia, the list goes on ¦
It differs slightly from culture to culture but the general principles are the same all are caused magic and sorcery imposed on one by some other which will ultimately cause the victim harm or even lead to their death.
So how can we try to explain this phenomenon? One of the most famous of explanations comes from Walter B Cannon a famed physiologist who studied the phenomenon. His work focused on the autonomic nervous system. Cannons theory stated that when a person comes across a danger of some sort i.e