Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone / Edition 1

Memories of the Slave Trade: Ritual and the Historical Imagination in Sierra Leone / Edition 1

by Rosalind Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226751325

ISBN-13: 9780226751320

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


In a work that challenges recurring claims that Africans felt (and still feel) no sense of moral responsibility concerning the sale of slaves, Rosalind Shaw traces memories of the slave trade in Temne-speaking communities in Sierra Leone. While the slave-trading past is rarely remembered in explicit verbal accounts, it is often made vividly present in such forms…  See more details below

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In a work that challenges recurring claims that Africans felt (and still feel) no sense of moral responsibility concerning the sale of slaves, Rosalind Shaw traces memories of the slave trade in Temne-speaking communities in Sierra Leone. While the slave-trading past is rarely remembered in explicit verbal accounts, it is often made vividly present in such forms as rogue spirits, diviners' visions, the imagery of divination techniques, and accounts of an invisible city of witches whose affluence was built on the theft of human lives.

Drawing on extensive fieldwork and archival research, Shaw argues that memories of the slave trade have shaped (and been reshaped by) experiences of colonialism, postcolonialism, and the country's ten-year rebel war. These ritual and visionary memories make hitherto invisible realities manifest, forming a prism through which past and present mutually configure each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226751320
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Temne Orthography
Introduction1
1The Atlanticizing of Sierra Leone25
2Spirit Memoryscape46
3Roads to Life, Roads to Death: Materializing Memory through Divination70
4Diviners' Knowledge, Diviners' Lives103
5A Thing under the Water149
6The Hidden Ritual Process170
7The Production of Witchcraft/Witchcraft as Production201
8Cannibal Transformations: Experiencing Colonialism in the Sierra Leone Hinterland225
9The Politician and the Diviner247
Conclusion: Remembering Modernity263
Notes269
Bibliography285
Index301

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