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Title:Spirit possession: modernity & power in Africa
Editors:Behrend, HeikeISNI
Luig, UteISNI
City of publisher:Oxford
ISBN:0852552599; 0299166309; 0299166341; 0852552580; 9970021966
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:spirit possession
social change
Abstract:This collective volume deals with spirits and spirit possession in the context of the ambivalent and contradictory processes of modernization in Africa. It examines the contribution of spirits to development projects, their involvement in modern warfare, their support or critique of the capitalist market economy, their fight against evil and their empowerment of women and former slaves. Contributions: The power of possession in northwest Madagascar: contesting colonial & national hegemonies, by Lesley A. Sharp; Power to heal, power to kill: spirit possession & war in northern Uganda (1986-1994), by Heike Behrend; The invention of anti-tradition: Dodo spirits in southern Niger, by Adeline Masquelier; On history & language of the 'European' bori spirits of Kano, Nigeria, by Matthias Krings; Horse, hunter & messenger: the possessed men of the Nya cult in Mali, by Jean-Paul Colleyn; Defunct women: possession among the Bijagós islanders (Guinea Bissau), by Alexandra O. de Sousa; The case of the butcher's wife: illness, possession & power in Central Sudan, by Susan M. Kenyon; Slavery, spirit possession & ritual consciousness: the Tchamba cult among the Mina of Togo, by Tobias Wendl; Constructing local worlds: spirit possession in the Gwembe Valley, Zambia, by Ute Luig; Spirit possession & the symbolic construction of Swahili society, by Linda L. Giles.