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Human Spirits A Cultural Account of Trance in Mayotte

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ISBN-10: 0521282551

ISBN-13: 9780521282550

Edition: 1981

Authors: Michael Lambek

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/30/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Michael Lambek is a professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto and editor for the Anthropological Horizons series with University of Toronto Press.

List of tables and figures
Preface: cultural zero
Acknowledgements
Stylistic conventions
Introduction
Spirits and Hosts in Mayotte
An overview of Mayotte society
Who the spirits are not: possession and Islam
The nature of spirits: first approximations
The incidence of trance
Possession as a system of communication
The Syntagmatic Dimension
Negotiation and energence: the case of Habiba
Medicine and transformation: the case of Habiba continued
The hidden name: the case of Rukia
Of affines and annunciations
The Paradigmatic Dimension
The trumba spirits
The world of possession
The spirits as children
Conclusion
Appendix: Additional classes of possession spirits in Mayotte
Notes
Bibliography
Index