Insight and Artistry in African Divination

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Pub. Date: 2000-11-01
Publisher(s): Harpercollins
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Author Biography

John Pemberton III is the Crosby Professor of Religion, Emeritus, at Amherst College

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(12)
John Pemberton III
PART ONE: METHODOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS
The Cultural Tradition of the African Forests
13(12)
Wyatt MacGaffey
Recasting Divination Research
25(9)
Philip M. Peek
Telling and Foretelling: African Divination and Art in Wider Perspective
34(11)
John Mack
Muslim Divination and the History of Religion of Sub-Saharan Africa
45(18)
Louis Brenner
PART TWO: CENTRAL AFRICA
Proofs and Promises: Setting Meaning before the Eyes
63(20)
Mary Nooter Roberts
Difficult Decisions, Perilous Acts: Producing Potent Histories with the Tabwa Boiling-Water Oracle
83(16)
Allen F. Roberts
Smells and Bells: The Role of Skepticism in Pende Divination
99(17)
Z. S. Strother
The Slit-Drum and Body Imagery in Mediumistic Divination among the Yaka
116(18)
Rene Devisch
Art and Divination among Chokwe, Lunda, Luvale, and Other Related Peoples of Northwestern Zambia
134(10)
Manuel Jordan
Divination as a Fundamental Organizing Principle in Equatorial Africa
144(13)
Alisa LaGamma
PART THREE: WEST AFRICA
Where the Mouse is Omniscient: The Mouse Oracle among the Guro
157(11)
Lorenz Homberger
Variations on a Theme: Ritual, Performance, Intellect
168(7)
Barry Hallen
Continuity and Change in the Verbal, Artistic, Ritualistic, and Performance Traditions of Ifa Divination
175(7)
Wande Abimbola
Riding the Horse of Praise: The Mounted Figure Motif in Ifa Divination Sculpture
182(11)
Rowland Abiodun
Glossary 193(6)
Contributors 199(2)
Index 201

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