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Fusion of the Worlds : Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger - Paul Stoller

Fusion of the Worlds

Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger

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Published: 1st January 1989
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"This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies."--"Choice"
"Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence. . . . An excellent demonstration of the benefits of a new genre of ethnographic writing. It expands our understanding of the harsh world of Songhay mediums and sorcerers."--Bruce Kapferer, "American Ethnologist"
"A vivid story that will appeal to a wide audience. . . . The voices of individual Songhay are evident and forceful throughout the story. . . . Like a painter, Stoller] is concerned with the rich surface of things, with depicting images, evoking sensations, and enriching perceptions. . . . He has succeeded admirably." --Michael Lambek, "American Anthropologist"
"Events (ceremonies and life histories) are evoked in cinematic style. . . . This book is] approachable and absorbing--it is well written, uncluttered by jargon and elegantly structured."--Richard Fardon, "Times Higher Education Supplement"
"Compelling, insightful, rich in ethnographic detail, and worthy of becoming a classic in the scholarship on Africa."--Aidan Southall, "African Studies Review"

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Personae
Looking for Serci
Organization of the Possession Troupe
Zimas from Tillaberi
Gusabu's Mediums
Praise-Singers from the River
Cries of the Violin, Rhythms of the Drum
Theaters of Songhay Experience
Rain Dance: Rites of the Ancestors
Horrific Comedy: The Hauka Part Three: Possession in a Changing World
Sexual Comedy: The Sasale
Two Mouths, Two Hearts Epilogue: Fusion of the Worlds
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780226775456
ISBN-10: 0226775453
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1989
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.1  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2