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African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing (African Systems of Thought Series)

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Publisher Comments:

"This volume of finely crafted case studies is also the vehicle for an important general theory of divination.... this is a book overflowing with ideas that will powerfully stimulate further research." --Journal of Ritual Studies

"The essays in this collection provide a very useful overview of both the diversity of African divination systems and of recent approaches to their study." --Choice

This unique collection of essays by an exceptional international group of Africanists demonstrates the central role that divination continues to play throughout Africa in maintaining cultural systems and in guiding human action. African Divination Systems offers insights for current discussions in comparative epistemology, cross-cultural psychology, cognition studies, semiotics, ethnoscience, religious studies, and anthropology.

Synopsis:

This unique collection of essays by an exceptional international group of Africanists demonstrates the central role that divination continues to play throughout Africa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

The Study of Divination, Present and Past

Philip M. Peek

Part One. Becoming a Diviner

The Initiation of a Zulu Diviner

Henry Callaway

Part Two. The Search for Knowledge

Nilotic Cosmology and the Divination of Atuot Philosophy

John W. Burton

Divination in Madagascar: The Antemoro Case and the

Diffusion of Divination

Pierre Verin and Narivelo Rajaonarimanana

Part Three. Cultural Systems within Divination Systems

Diviners as Alienists and Annunciators among the Batammaliba

of Togo

Rudolph Blier

Divination Among the Lobi of Burkina Faso

Piet Meyer

Divination and the Hunt in Pagibeti Ideology

Alden Almquist

Mediumistic Divination among the Northern Yaka of Zaire:

Etiology and Ways of Knowing

Rene Devisch

Part Four. Divination, Epistemology, and Truth

Splitting Truths from Darkness: Epistemological Aspects of

Temne Divination

Rosalind Shaw

Knowledge and Power in Nyole Divination

Susan Reynolds Whyte

Simultaneity and Sequencing in the Oracular Speech of

Kenyan Diviners

David Parkin

Part Five. Toward a New Approach to Divination

African Divination Systems: Non-Normal Modes of Cognition

Philip M. Peek

Afterword

James W. Fernandez

Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253206534
Subtitle:
Ways of Knowing
Editor:
Peek, Philip M.
Editor:
Peek, Philip M.
Author:
Peek, Philip M.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
General
Subject:
Divination
Subject:
Ethnic & Tribal
Subject:
Religious life and customs
Subject:
Divination - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Africa; African Studies; Anthropology; Religion
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
African Systems of Thought Series
Publication Date:
19910522
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 bandw photos
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.18 x 6.11 x 0.76 in

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