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Meyer Fortes (1906-1982) was one of the foremost anthropologists of this century, who for many years worked among the Tallensi of northern Ghana. Although he published seminally important monographs on Tallensi family and kinship and on political organization, his work on their religion has hitherto remained confined to disparate journals and edited volumes. This collection brings together in one place his major writings on religion.
1. Divination: religious premisses and logical techniques; 2. Prayer; 3. Ritual festivals and the ancestors; 4. Ancestor worship in Africa; 5. Ritual and office; 6. Totem and taboo; 7. Coping with destiny; 8. Custom and conscience; 9. The first born; 10. The concept of the person.