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Overview

The contributors to this investigation of dreaming in a diversity of African cultures and settings have each approached the matter with a respect for an indigenous discourse which does not necessarily subscribe to Western evaluations of the objective and subjective. The matter of dreaming is not so much a psychological constant as ultimately sociological and historical.
Dream discourse as a strategy deploys contingencies in the elaboration of social relationships and the defence, restoration and promotion of identities. Dreaming is therefore prominent in such critical settings as sickness and healing, artistic inspiration and craftwork, election to religious office, conversion to Islam or Christianity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004089365
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1992
  • Series: Studies of Religion in Africa Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

M.C. Jedrej is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, has written extensively on the Ingessana (Sudan) and the Mende (Sierra Leone), among each of whom he has conducted several years' field research.
Rosalind Shaw is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, and has published several articles based on her field research among the Temne (Sierra Leone) and the Igbo (Nigeria). She is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa.
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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction: dreaming, religion and society in Africa 1
Dreams and the Constitution of Self among the Zezuru 21
Dreaming as Accomplishment: power, the individual and Temne divination 36
Dreams of Grandeur: the call to the office in northcentral Igbo religious leadership 55
Dreams, Inspiration and Craftwork among Tukolor Weavers 71
Berti Dream Interpretation 86
Dreams among the Yansi 100
Ingessana Dreaming 111
Dreams and Visions from Nineteenth Century Yoruba Religion 126
Private Dreams and Public Knowledge in a Camerounian Independent Church 135
Dreams in African Churches 153
Afterword 177
Index 181
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