Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg by Susan J. Rasmussen
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Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg
By Susan J. Rasmussen

Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg

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Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg by Susan J. Rasmussen

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521025775
ISBN-10: 052102577X
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 196
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Susan J. Rasmussen

Poetics and Politics of Tuareg Aging by Susan J. Rasmussen Poetics and Politics of Tuareg Aging, Paperback (August 2009)

An ethnographical study of the people of the Kel Ewey confederation of Tuareg. It explores age and aging in an African culture. It considers the mutual exchange of knowledge about aging and life course - an interaction that itself sheds light on the need to deconstruct standard age-related categories for studying other cultures.

Those Who Touch by Susan J. Rasmussen Those Who Touch, Paperback (April 2006)

Examines the female-dominated practice of herbalism in the seminomadic Muslim communities of Tuareg. This book takes the reader into this world of medicine women through interviews, guided conversations, life histories, illustrative case studies, and the words of the healers and their patients.

Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg by Susan J. Rasmussen Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg, Hardback (February 1995)

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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