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Remains of Ritual Northern Gods in a Southern Land

ISBN-10: 0226265056
ISBN-13: 9780226265056
Edition: 2008
List price: $31.00
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Description: Remains of Ritual, Steven M. Friedson7;s second book on the critical role of music in African ritual, focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson analyzes their practices through a historical and ethnographic study of one of  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Remains of Ritual, Steven M. Friedson7;s second book on the critical role of music in African ritual, focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. Friedson analyzes their practices through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose origins lie in the northern region of the country. In each chapter of this fascinating book, Friedson considers a different facet of the Ewe7;s religious practices, demonstrating throughout that none of them can be conceived of separately from their musicality-in the Brekete world music functions as ritual, and ritual as music. Dance and possession, chanted calls to prayer, animal sacrifice, the sounds and movements of wake keeping, and the play of the drums all come under Friedson7;s careful scrutiny, and he ends with a thoughtful reflection on his own position and experiences within this ritual-dominated society. Bridging the disciplinary divide between ethnomusicology and anthropology,Remains of Ritualwill be warmly welcomed by scholars from both camps as well as anyone interested in African culture, music, or religion.

Steven M. Friedson is Distinguished Research Professor of Music and Anthropology at the University of North Texas and the author of Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
On Language
Note on Transcriptions
Southern Lands
Northern Gods
Brekete Pantheon
Where Divine Horsemen Ride
Salah! Salah!
The Poured Gift
Deadland
The Rhythm of the Crossroads
Burials
Coda: Opening the Door
Postlude
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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