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Author Stoller, Paul.
Title Fusion of the Worlds [electronic resource] : Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger.
Published Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, 1989.
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 Electronic Book  DT547.45.S65S75 1989eb    ONLINE
Description 1 online resource (xxi, 243 p.) : ill.
Contents Prologue; Acknowledgments; Personae; 1 Looking for Serci; Part One: Organization of the Possession Troupe; 2 Zimas from Tillaberi; 3 Gusabu's Mediums; 4 Praise-Singers from the River; 5 Cries of the Violin, Rhythms of the Drum; Part Two: Theaters of Songhay Experience; 6 Rain Dance: Rites of the Ancestors; 7 Horrific Comedy: The Hauka; Part Three: Possession in a Changing World; 8 Sexual Comedy: The Sasale; 9 Two Mouths, Two Hearts; Epilogue: Fusion of the Worlds; Notes; Glossary; References; Index.
Summary ""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 a.
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Subject Songhai (African people)
Spirit possession -- Niger.
Related To Print version: Stoller, Paul Fusion of the Worlds : Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press, c2010 9780226775449
ISBN 9780226775494
OCLC number 814522332