Converging on Cannibals: Terrors of Slaving in Atlantic Africa, 1509-1670

Converging on Cannibals: Terrors of Slaving in Atlantic Africa, 1509-1670

by Jared Staller

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Overview

In Converging on Cannibals, Jared Staller demonstrates that one of the most terrifying discourses used during the era of transatlantic slaving—cannibalism—was coproduced by Europeans and Africans. When these people from vastly different cultures first came into contact, they shared a fear of potential cannibals. Some Africans and European slavers allowed these rumors of themselves as man-eaters to stand unchallenged. Using the visual and verbal idioms of cannibalism, people like the Imbangala of Angola rose to power in a brutal world by embodying terror itself.

Beginning in the Kongo in the 1500s, Staller weaves a nuanced narrative of people who chose to live and behave as “jaga,” alleged cannibals and terrorists who lived by raiding and enslaving others, culminating in the violent political machinations of Queen Njinga as she took on the mantle of “Jaga” to establish her power. Ultimately, Staller tells the story of Africans who confronted worlds unknown as cannibals, how they used the concept to order the world around them, and how they were themselves brought to order by a world of commercial slaving that was equally cannibalistic in the human lives it consumed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821446607
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: Africa in World History
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

Jared Staller teaches world history at St. Francis Episcopal School of Houston, Texas. He earned his PhD from the University of Virginia and taught African and world history at Rice University. His research has appeared in History in Africa, Research in African Literatures, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS ILLUSTRATIONS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 1: An Introduction to Cannibal Talk 2: Angels of Deliverance, 1483–ca. 1543 3: Phantoms of the Kongo, 1568–1591 4: Destroyers of Angola, 1600–1625 Gallery of images 5: Queen of Cruelty, 1629–1655 6: Preachers and Publicists, 1500–ca. 1670 7: The Afterlife of the Jaga Appendix A: Research Methods Appendix B: Suggested Further Readings by Chapter and Topic Appendix C: Primary Source Excerpts Notes Bibliography Index

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