Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg

Spirit Possession and Personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg

by Susan J. Rasmussen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521470072

ISBN-13: 9780521470070

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Among the Tuareg people in the Air Mountain region of Niger, women are sometimes possessed by spirits called the People of Solitude. The evening curing rituals of the possessed, featuring drumming and song, take place before an audience of young men and women, who joke and flirt as the ritual unfolds. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Rasmussen

Overview

Among the Tuareg people in the Air Mountain region of Niger, women are sometimes possessed by spirits called the People of Solitude. The evening curing rituals of the possessed, featuring drumming and song, take place before an audience of young men and women, who joke and flirt as the ritual unfolds. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Rasmussen analyzes symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies of possessed women, 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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