Fusion of the Worlds An Ethnography of Possession among the Songhay of Niger

ISBN-10: 0226775453
ISBN-13: 9780226775456
Edition: 1989
Authors: Paul Stoller
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/21/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 268
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"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 appeal to a wide audience. . . . The voices of individual Songhay are evident and forceful throughout the story. . . . Like a painter, [Stoller] is concerned with the rich surface of things, with depicting images, evoking sensations, and enriching perceptions. . . . He has succeeded admirably." --Michael Lambek, American Anthropologist "Events (ceremonies and life histories) are evoked in cinematic style. . . . [This book is] approachable and absorbing--it is well written, uncluttered by jargon and elegantly structured."--Richard Fardon, Times Higher Education Supplement "Compelling, insightful, rich in ethnographic detail, and worthy of becoming a classic in the scholarship on Africa."--Aidan Southall, African Studies Review

Paul Stoller is a professor of anthropology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.He is the author of many books, including ethnographies, biographies, and memoirs. In 1994 he was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2002, the American Anthropological Association named him the recipient of the Robert B. Textor Award for Excellence in Anthropology. He lectures frequently both in the United States and Europe and has appeared on various NPR programs as well as on the National Geographic Television Network.

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Personae
Looking for Serci
Organization of the Possession Troupe
Zimas from Tillaberi
Gusabu's Mediums
Praise-Singers from the River
Cries of the Violin, Rhythms of the Drum
Theaters of Songhay Experience
Rain Dance: Rites of the Ancestors
Horrific Comedy: The Hauka Part Three: Possession in a Changing World
Sexual Comedy: The Sasale
Two Mouths, Two Hearts Epilogue: Fusion of the Worlds
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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