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The Nzema of West Africa, who inhabit a land of forest and lagoons along the Atlantic, continue a heritage untapped by anthropologists and scarcely influenced by Western civilization. Vinigi L. Grottanelli first discovered the rich culture of this southern Ghanaian tribe in 1954. Over the next three decades, intermittent sojourns enabled Grottanelli to develop friendships with the Nzema and learn about their beliefs, traditions, and practices.

In twenty absorbing vignettes, The Python Killer renders a vivid portrayal of Nzema life. An unobtrusive observer, Grottanelli gives center stage to the Nzema narrators who tell their own vibrant, delightful, and mystical stories. This exotic world of coconut groves, nza (palm wine), cassava, and poisonous snakes is inhabited by a people who believe in sinister witches, oracles, jealous gods, and angry nwomenle (ghosts) to whom they offer "sheep, some rice, eggs, and drinks, including two bottles of Coca-Cola." Witches are all the more dreaded for their habit of stealing their female kin's wombs and for their faculty of turning instantly into hogs, snakes, or millipedes. Men, even if nominally Christian, may have as many wives as they can afford. Ghosts haunt the ocean beaches by night and may even sneak into villages and homes.

The Python Killer joins a growing number of recent works in anthropology that emphasize the voices of indigenous peoples. To provide a foundation for the stories, Grottanelli discusses the history, family ties, and beliefs of the Nzema in an introduction, and in an appendix he offers a theory of witchcraft as allegory. The only anthropologist to have lived among the Nzema, Grottanelli brings the realities of their lives to anthropologists, Africanists, and curious readers.

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Twenty vignettes render a vivid portrayal of the Nzema of southern Ghana. Grottanelli relates their beliefs, traditions, and family ties in an introduction, but lets the Nzema narrate their own vibrant and often mystical stories. LC has classed under DT510.43.
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Synopsis:

The Nzema of West Africa, who inhabit a land of forest and lagoons along the Atlantic, continue a heritage untapped by anthropologists and scarcely influenced by Western civilization. Vinigi L. Grottanelli first discovered the rich culture of this southern Ghanaian tribe in 1954. In twenty absorbing vignettes, this book renders a vivid portrayal of Nzema life.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The Python Killer

2. A Wife's Curse

3. The Jealous God

4. The Quarrelsome Rivals

5. A Clear Diagnosis

6. The Wavering Christian

7. The Rich Uncle's Coconuts

8. The Man Who Fell from the Roof

9. The Ghost, the God, and the Goblins

10. The Vindictive Ghost

11. An Unlucky Husband

12. The Little Boy Whose Soul Flew Away

13. The Unremitting Goddess

14. The Promiscuous Bride

15. The Wrong Sacrifice

16. The Widow Who Asked to Die

17. The Contended Acolyte

18. The Woman Who Was Punished for Being Too Kind

19. The Two Priestesses' Husband

20. The Sick Child and the Participant Observer

Appendix. Witchcraft: An Allegory?

Notes

Glossary

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226310053
Author:
Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Grottanelli, Vinigi L.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folk-lore, african
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19880531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 halftones
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
8.80x5.76x.76 in. .80 lbs.

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