Possession, Ecstasy, And Law In Ewe Voodoo

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An ethnographic study of voodoo in West Africa's Ewe populations of coastal Ghana, Togo, and Benin.
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An ethnography of spirit possession among the West African Ewe people. Focusing on concepts of law and morality in the Gorovodun religious order, the author depicts the order not as a doctrinal sect, but rather as a linguistic, moral, and spiritual community that can help people come to grips with social and economic realities. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813918051
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 727,155
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan—Flint.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
1 Introduction 1
2 Gorovodu Families, Festivals, Deities, and Worshipers 36
3 Atikevodu versus Colonial Orders 73
4 A Romance of the North 100
5 Parasites and Hosts: Conundrums of Power and Control 130
6 Living the Textual Life: Personhood, Possession, and Law in Afa Divination 157
7 Destinies, Deaths, Ravishments, and Other Hard Things: Vagaries of Law and (Dis)Order 195
8 Conclusion: Sacrifice, Fetish, and Expenditure 234
Notes 247
Glossary 263
Bibliography 267
Index 275
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