Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa / Edition 1

Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa / Edition 1

by Luise White
ISBN-10:
0520217047
ISBN-13:
9780520217041
Pub. Date:
05/09/2000
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Speaking with Vampires: Rumor and History in Colonial Africa / Edition 1

During the colonial period, Africans told each other terrifying rumors that Africans who worked for white colonists captured unwary residents and took their blood. In colonial Tanganyika, for example, Africans were said to be captured by these agents of colonialism and hung upside down, their throats cut so their blood drained into huge buckets. In Kampala, the police were said to abduct Africans and keep them in pits, where their blood was sucked. Luise White presents and interprets vampire stories from East and Central Africa as a way of understanding the world as the storytellers did. Using gossip and rumor as historical sources in their own right, she assesses the place of such evidence, oral and written, in historical reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520217041
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/09/2000
Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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