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This book of exquisite duotone photographs looks at the Bori, a West African shamanist cult centered on possession by the spirits of ancestors. Its followers, priests (also known as Bori), and assistants are clairvoyants or faith healers. They perform ecstatic ritual dances to conjure up djinns--spirits--to protect society and its individual members from evil. Faith healers (Boka) employ traditional plants to heal the sick. Caroline Alida's black-and-white portraits of the Bori and the objects used in their ritual practices were taken in dim natural light, imbuing the photos with a contemplative atmosphere.

About the Author

Caroline Alida is a photographer who studies the power of the intangible. Since 2001 she has made regular trips to Niger to research the Bori. Adeline Masquelier is head of the anthropology department at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN:
9788874395651
Author:
Alida, Caroline
Publisher:
5 Continents
Author:
Masquelier, Adeline
Subject:
African
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 duotone illustrations
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.50 x 9.50 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » African
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Photography » General
History and Social Science » Africa » Picture Books
Metaphysics » Shamanism
Travel » General

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