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Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg (Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology)

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Among the Tuareg people in the Air Mountain region of Niger, women are sometimes possessed by spirits called 'the people of solitude". The evening curing rituals of the possessed, featuring drumming and song, take place before an audience of young men and women, who joke and flirt as the ritual unfolds. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies of possessed women, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.

Synopsis:

Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called 'the people of solitude', from which they are released by an evening ritual. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.

Synopsis:

Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called ?the people of solitude?, from which they are released by an evening ritual. Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 165-170) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Illnesses of the heart and soul: the case of Asalama; Part I. Images of Possession: 2. Inversion and other tropes in spirit possession rituals; 3. 'Like a tree branch swaying in the wind": the head dance; 4. Illnesses of God: personhood, knowledge, and healing; Part II. Art, Agency, and Power in the Ritual Sessions: 5. Sound, solitude, and music; 6. The tande n goumaten songs; Conclusions; Notes; References, Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521470070
Author:
Rasmussen, Susan J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Leach, Edmund
Author:
Fortes, Meyer
Author:
Tambiah, Stanley
Author:
Goody, Jack
Location:
Cambridge England ;
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Spirit possession
Subject:
Tuaregs
Subject:
Tuaregs -- Religion.
Subject:
Spirit possession -- Niger.
Subject:
Women, Tuareg -- Religious life.
Subject:
Women, Tuareg
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social & Cultural Anthropology
Series Volume:
94
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.56 in. 1.01 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Politics » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called 'the people of solitude', from which they are released by an evening ritual. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.
"Synopsis" by , Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called ?the people of solitude?, from which they are released by an evening ritual. Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.
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