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Author Rasmussen, Susan J., 1949-

Title Spirit possession and personhood among the Kel Ewey Tuareg / Susan J. Rasmussen.

Published Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1995.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  299.33 RASM    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 178 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology ; 94.
Cambridge studies in social and cultural anthropology ; 94.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-170) and index.
Contents 1. Illnesses of the heart and soul: the case of Asalama -- Pt. I. Images of possession. 2. Inversion and other tropes in spirit possession rituals. 3. "Like a tree branch swaying in the wind": the head dance. 4. Illnesses of God: personhood, knowledge, and healing -- Pt. II. Art, agency, and power in the ritual sessions. 5. Sound, solitude, and music. 6. The t[actual symbol not reproducible]nde n goumaten songs.
Summary Among the Tuareg people in the Air Mountain region of Niger, women are sometimes possessed by spirits called "the people of solitude." The evening curing rituals of the possessed, featuring drumming and song, take place before an audience of young men and women, who joke and flirt as the ritual unfolds. In her analysis of this tolerated but unofficial cult, Susan Rasmussen analyses symbolism and aesthetic values, provides case studies of possessed women, and reviews what local people think about the meaning of possession.
Subject Tuaregs -- Religion.
Spirit possession -- Niger.
Women, Tuareg -- Religious life.
ISBN 0521470072 (hardback)