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Ngoma Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa






Publisher:  University of California Press
Summary: Ngoma, in Bantu, means drum, song, performance, and healing cult or association. A widespread form of ritual healing in Central and Southern Africa, ngoma is fully investigated here for the first time and interpreted in a contemporary context. John Janzen's daring study incorporates drumming and spirit possession into a broader, institutional profile that emphasizes the varieties of knowledge and social forms and als...o the common elements of "doing ngoma." Drawing on his recent field research in Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Mbabane, and Capetown, Janzen reveals how ngoma transcends national and social boundaries. Spoken and sung discourses about affliction, extended counseling, reorientation of the self or household, and the creation of networks that link the afflicted, their kin, and their healers are all central to ngoma--and familiar to Western self-help institutions as well. Students of African healing and also those interested in the comparative and historical study of medicine, religion, and music will find Ngoma a valuable and thought-provoking book.

Janzen, John M. is the author of Ngoma Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa, published under ISBN 9780520072657 and 0520072650. Two hundred five Ngoma Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa textbooks are available for sale on ValoreBooks.com, fifty two used from the cheapest price of $40.00, or buy new starting at $60.04.
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Ngoma Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa

ISBN-13: 9780520072657

ISBN: 0520072650

Publisher: University of California Press
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