Where Humans and Spirits Meet: The Politics of Rituals and Identified Spirits in Zanzibar

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Berghahn Books, Jun 30, 2008 - Religion - 184 pages
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Zanzibar, an island off the East African coast, with its Muslim and Swahili population, offers rich material for this study of identity, religion, and multiculturalism. This book focuses on the phenomenon of spirit possession in Zanzibar Town and the relationships created between humans and spirits; it provides a way to apprehend how society is constituted and conceived and, thus, discusses Zanzibari understandings of what it means to be human.

 

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Contents

CH 1Introduction
1
CH 2Introduction to Zanzibar
25
CH 3Spirits possession and personhood
42
CH 4MAkabila people and spirits
60
CH 5Human concerns spirits and recreation of relationships
81
CH 6Between self and other
95
CH 7Gender
109
CH 8Women men and gendered spirits
123
CH 9Conclusions
145
Glossary
158
Bibliography
163
Index
171
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Kjersti Larsen is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology and African Studies at the Department of Ethnography, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. She has carried out fieldwork in Zanzibar since 1984 and since 1997 has also conducted fieldwork in Northern Sudan.

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