Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

by Steven M. Friedson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226265048

ISBN-13: 9780226265049

Pub. Date: 07/15/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Remains of Ritual, Steven M. Friedson's second book on musical experience in African ritual, focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose

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Remains of Ritual, Steven M. Friedson's second book on musical experience in African ritual, focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose origins lie in the northern region of the country. Each chapter of this fascinating book considers a different aspect of ritual life, demonstrating throughout that none of them can be conceived of separately from their musicality-in the Brekete world, music functions as ritual and ritual as music. Dance and possession, chanted calls to prayer, animal sacrifice, the sounds and movements of wake keeping, the play of the drums all come under Friedson's careful scrutiny, as does his own position and experience within this ritual-dominated society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226265049
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

On Language xiii

Note on Transcriptions xv

Southern Lands 1

Northern Gods 7

Brekete Pantheon 13

1 Where Divine Horsemen Ride 15

2 Salah! Salah! 43

3 The Poured Gift 69

4 Deadland 97

5 The Rhythm of the Crossroads 123

6 Burials 155

Coda: Opening the Door 181

Postlude 187

Notes 191

Glossary 215

Bibliography 219

Index 231

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