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
Book DescriptionAmong 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521470070
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author 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.
Spirit Possession and Personhood Among the Kel Ewey Tuareg, Paperback (April 2006)
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.
Those Who Touch, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Susan J. Rasmussen
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