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Africa Dances - Geoffrey Gorer

Paperback Published: 26th September 2003
ISBN: 9780907871187
Number Of Pages: 296

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Originally published in 1935, Africa Dances takes the reader on an odyssey across West Africa, in the company of one of the great black ballet stars of 1930s Paris (Feral Benga). It's a devastating critique of colonial rule, which is shown to be destroying African society while Christian missionaries undermine indigenous morality. Wickedly scornful of French rule, and the creator of outrageous portraits of colonial society. Gorer's humor still strikes like a whip across the pretense and hypocrisy of the system. The book captures the rich physical and psychological detail of African village life--from food and architecture to witch doctors, dance, and magic. Gorer witnesses men diving for three-quarters of an hour without coming up for breath, witch-doctors conjuring thunderstorms out of clear blue skies, and chameleon fetishists whose skin changes from a dirty white to almost black. Africa Dances was last published in 1962 (Norton).

Introductoryp. 9
Senegalesep. 27
Dakarp. 27
The Wolofp. 29
Religionp. 42
Wrestlingp. 50
Foodp. 55
Personal Historiesp. 58
Dakar Niggerp. 67
The Horrible Journeyp. 71
The Desertp. 93
The Administrationp. 93
Taxesp. 99
Labour Servicep. 103
Military Servicep. 105
How to Empty a Human Reservoirp. 110
Voiceless Protestp. 113
Mandatep. 121
Fetishp. 151
Forewordp. 151
The Kingdom of Dahomeyp. 153
The Fetishist Religionp. 161
Public Ritesp. 171
The Fetishist Conventsp. 181
Signs and Wondersp. 186
Magicp. 188
Missionariesp. 195
Strange Pilgrimagep. 201
English Interludep. 203
Africans Dancep. 241
Finalep. 263
Afterword to the first paperback editionp. 285
About the Authorp. 289
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ISBN: 9780907871187
ISBN-10: 0907871186
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 26th September 2003
Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.7  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38