By YVONNE HAIP
Kundiawa-Gembogl MP Joe Mek Teine has purchased 150 sorcery related books to assist Members of Parliament to make new policies regarding witchcraft and sorcery.
Mr Teine aims to toughen up laws due to an alarming increase of sorcery related deaths in the Highlands.
Mr Teine, who is also the Constitutional Law Reform Commission chairman, ordered the books worth K5,000 from the Melanesian Institute in an effort to address the issue of sorcery and witchcraft in PNG.
The books bought will be circulated amongst certain Members of Parliament and CLRC members.
Of these books, 50 were from the Point 29 series titled Death, Witchcraft and the Spirit World in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and another 50 were from the Point 33 series titled Sanguma in Paradise – Sorcery, Witchcraft and Christianity in Papua New Guinea.
The other 50 books are part of the Melanesian Mission Studies (MMS) series number five titled Sorcery, Witchcraft and Christianity in Melanesia.
The Melanesian Institute is working closely with CLRC in amending the ‘outdated’ Sorcery Act .
The Melanesian Institute is working closely with the CLRC due to its extensive research undertaken on PNG culture, as well as its teachings and publications.
The institute has been in the country for 40 years and has published many books based on research carried out in the country. This year is the institute’s 40th anniversary.