Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg

Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg

by Susan J. Rasmussen
     
 

Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called 'the people of solitude', from which they are released by an evening ritual. Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.See more details below

Overview

Tuareg women are sometimes possessed by spirits called 'the people of solitude', from which they are released by an evening ritual. Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521470070
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series, #94
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Illnesses of the heart and soul: the case of Asalama; Part I. Images of Possession: 2. Inversion and other tropes in spirit possession rituals; 3. 'Like a tree branch swaying in the wind': the head dance; 4. Illnesses of God: personhood, knowledge, and healing; Part II. Art, Agency, and Power in the Ritual Sessions: 5. Sound, solitude, and music; 6. The tande n goumaten songs; Conclusions; Notes; References, Index.

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