The Healing Drum: African Wisdom Teachings

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Dec 1, 1989 - History - 213 pages
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The Healing Drum traces the extraordinary cultural legacy of the Minianka tribe of West Africa, for whom music serves a sacred, healing function for the individual and society. The authors explore the Minianka view of humanity, music, and the cosmos relative to work, celebration, herbal medicine, dance, trance, initiation, and death.
The first book of its kind, delivering a message of untapped wisdom and power from a little-known culture through the universal medium of music.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
BIRTH OF A FOOL
13
FAMILY LIFE
25
VILLAGE LIFE
37
THE ELDERS
44
KNOWLEDGE
52
INITIATIONS AND SECRET SOCIETIES
64
THE HEALING DRUM
77
SCHOOL
119
RITUALS AND CELEBRATIONS
129
MUSIC AND HEALING
141
TWO CULTURES
172
THE HEALING DRUM TODAY
193
PRONUNCIATION KEY AND GLOSSARY OF MINIANKA NAMES AND TERMS
201
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
205
INDEX
207

INTRODUCTION
79
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
86
THE MINIANKA MUSICIANS APPRENTICESHIP
95
MUSIC WORK AND DANCE
105
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
212
THE HEALING DRUM AUDIO
213
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The Healing Drum
African Wisdom Teachings

Preface and Acknowledgments
Part 1: Those Who Refuse the Master
Introduction, Mitchell Hall
1. Birth of a Fool
2. Family Life
3. Village Life
4. The Elders
5. Knowledge
6. Initiations and Secret Societies
Part 2: The Healing Drum
Introduction, Mitchell Hall
7. Musical Instruments
8. The Minianka Musicians Apprenticeship
9. Music, Work, and Dance
10. School
11. Rituals and Celebrations
12. Music and Healing
13. Two Cultures
14. The Healing Drum Today
Pronunciation Key and Glossary of Minianka Terms
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Authors
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