Ngoma

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$57.27
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$47.25
(Save 25%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $39.52
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 37%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $39.52   
  • New (5) from $50.00   
  • Used (8) from $39.52   

Overview


Ngoma, in Bantu, means drum, song, performance, and healing cult or association. A widespread form of ritual healing in Central and Southern Africa, ngoma is fully investigated here for the first time and interpreted in a contemporary context. John Janzen's daring study incorporates drumming and spirit possession into a broader, institutional profile that emphasizes the varieties of knowledge and social forms and also the common elements of "doing ngoma."

Drawing on his recent field research in Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Mbabane, and Capetown, Janzen reveals how ngoma transcends national and social boundaries. Spoken and sung discourses about affliction, extended counseling, reorientation of the self or household, and the creation of networks that link the afflicted, their kin, and their healers are all central to ngoma—and familiar to Western self-help institutions as well. Students of African healing and also those interested in the comparative and historical study of medicine, religion, and music will find Ngoma a valuable and thought-provoking book.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author


John M. Janzen is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kansas. His previous books include Lemba 1650-1930 (1982), and Quest for Therapy in Lower Zaire (California, 1978), which won the Wellcome Prize and Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Figures
Photographs
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Settings and Samples in African Cults of Affliction 10
The "Grands Rites" of Kinshasa 11
Ngoma on the Swahili Coast 20
Sangoma: Divining the Stresses of Rapid Industrialization in North Nguni Society 35
The Amagqira: Surviving the Townships of South Africa 50
2 Identifying Ngoma: Historical and Comparative Perspectives 57
The Bantu Conundrum 58
The Lexicon of a Classical Sub-Saharan Therapeutics 63
Instruments of Ritual Healing as a Nonverbal Cognate Set 69
Social and Political Variables of a Complex Institution 74
Scholarly Blinders and the Ontology of a Unique Institution 80
3 Core Features in Ngoma Therapy 85
Sickness and Therapeutic Initiation as a Phased Rite of Passage 87
The Diagnosis of Misfortune 90
Nosology and Spirit Fields 94
The Course through the White 101
Sacrifice and Exchange 104
The Sufferer Becomes the Healer 105
4 Doing Ngoma: The Texture of Personal Transformation 108
Text and Texture in African Healing 109
"Doing Ngoma": The Core Ritual Unit 110
Common Songs and Personal Song in Ngoma Narrative Tradition 118
The Structure of Ngoma Therapeutic Communication 122
Of Music and Ritual in Ngoma 126
5 How Ngoma Works: Of Codes and Consciousness 130
Personal Experience and Cultural Reality 131
Spirit Logic and Therapeutic Discourse 133
From Spirit to Song-Dance: Articulating Metaphors of Difficult Experience 145
Ngoma and Specialized Knowledge 149
6 Now Ngoma Works: The Social Reproduction of Health 153
Health and Health Indicators 154
The Social Reproduction of Health 156
Profiles of Ngoma Social Reproduction 159
Conclusion 173
Appendix A: Partial Listing of Guthrie's Inventory of Bantu Languages 181
Appendix B: Distributions of Terms in Bantu Languages Pertaining to Therapeutic Concepts and Actions 189
Appendix C: Instrumentation Accompanying Healing Rituals in Central and Southern Africa 209
Notes 215
Bibliography 219
Index 235
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)