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

Fusion of the Worlds An Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226775449
  • ISBN: 0226775445
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

AUTHOR

Stoller, Paul

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"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 ReviewStoller, Paul is the author of 'Fusion of the Worlds An Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger' with ISBN 9780226775449 and ISBN 0226775445.

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