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Title:Insight and artistry in African divination
Editor:Pemberton, JohnISNI
Chapter(s):Present
Year:2000
Pages:209
Language:English
City of publisher:Washington, D.C.
Publisher:Smithsonian Institution Press
ISBN:1560988592; 1560988843
Geographic terms:Central Africa
West Africa
Madagascar
Subjects:1996
divination
material culture
arts
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This volume focuses upon rituals of divination among peoples of Central and West Africa, and Madagascar, and the nature and use of ritual objects as instruments and as works of art, as a means for addressing methodological issues in cross-cultural inquiry. Besides an essay on divination in Madagascar and one on the influence of Islamic sand-writing ('khatt ar-raml') on divination in sub-Saharan Africa, the essays all deal with Africa's peoples of the forest: Luba, Tabwa, Pende, Yaka, Chokwe, Lunda, Luvale, Punu, Guro, Yoruba. Most of the papers were presented at a symposium convened at Amherst College from 15-17 November 1996. Contributors: Wande Abimbola, Rowland Abiodun, Louis Brenner, René Devisch, Barry Hallen, Lorenz Homberger, Manuel Jordán, Alisa LaGamma, Wyatt MacGaffey, John Mack, Philip M. Peek, John Pemberton III, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts, Z.S. Strother.
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