Fusion of the Worlds: An Ethnography of Possession among the Songhay of Nigeria / Edition 1

Fusion of the Worlds: An Ethnography of Possession among the Songhay of Nigeria / Edition 1

by Paul Stoller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226775453

ISBN-13: 9780226775456

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

"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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226775456
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Edition description:
1
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
735,905
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Prologue,
Acknowledgments,
Personae,
1 Looking for Serci,
Part One: Organization of the Possession Troupe,
2 Zimas from Tillaberi,
3 Gusabu's Mediums,
4 Praise-Singers from the River,
5 Cries of the Violin, Rhythms of the Drum,
Part Two: Theaters of Songhay Experience,
6 Rain Dance: Rites of the Ancestors,
7 Horrific Comedy: The Hauka,
Part Three: Possession in a Changing World,
8 Sexual Comedy: The Sasale,
9 Two Mouths, Two Hearts,
Epilogue: Fusion of the Worlds,
Notes,
Glossary,
References,
Index,

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