Fusion of the Worlds by Paul Stoller
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Fusion of the Worlds
By Paul Stoller

Fusion of the Worlds

Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger 2nd

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Fusion of the Worlds by Paul Stoller

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"This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies".-- "Choice" "Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence. . . . An excellent demonstration of the benefits of a new genre of ethnographic writing. It expands our understanding of the harsh world of Songhay mediums and sorcerers".--Bruce Kapferer, "American Ethnologist" "A vivid story that will appeal to a wide audience. . . . The voices of individual Songhay are evident and forceful throughout the story. . . . Like a painter, [Stoller] is concerned with the rich surface of things, with depicting images, evoking sensations, and enriching perceptions. . . . He has succeeded admirably". --Michael Lambek, "American Anthropologist" "Events (ceremonies and life histories) are evoked in cinematic style. . . . [This book is] approachable and absorbing--it is well written, uncluttered by jargon and elegantly structured".--Richard Fardon, "Times Higher Education Supplement" "Compelling, insightful, rich in ethnographic detail, and worthy of becoming a classic in the scholarship on Africa".--Aidan Southall, "African Studies Review"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226775456
ISBN-10: 0226775453
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 151mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Jul-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Paul Stoller

Paul Stoller teaches anthropology at West Chester University and Temple University. He is the author of numerous books including "Money Has No Smell" and "Jaguar, " both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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