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9780415908771

Embodying Colonial Memories Spirit Possession, Power, and the Hauka in West Africa

Embodying Colonial Memories Spirit Possession, Power, and the Hauka in West Africa
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  • ISBN-13: 9780415908771
  • ISBN: 0415908779
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Publisher: Routledge

AUTHOR

Stoller, Paul

SUMMARY

A study of the West African Hauka - spirits that grotesquely mimic and mock "Europeans" of the colonial epoch. The author considers spirit possession as a set of embodied practices with serious social and cultural consequences. Embodying Colonial Memories is the first in-depth study of the West African Hauka, spirits in the body of (human) mediums which mimic and mock Europeans of the colonial epoch. Paul Stoller, who was initiated into a spirit possession troupe, recounts an insider's tale of the Hauka with respect and "brotherly" deference. He combines narrative description, historical analysis, and reflections on the importance of embodiment and mimesis to social theory, with particular reference to the Songhay peoples of the Republic of Niger.Stoller, Paul is the author of 'Embodying Colonial Memories Spirit Possession, Power, and the Hauka in West Africa', published 1995 under ISBN 9780415908771 and ISBN 0415908779.

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