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The Resource African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)

African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)

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African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans
Title
African indigenous religions and disease causation
Title remainder
from spiritual beings to living humans
Statement of responsibility
by David Westerlund
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This comparative and historical study focuses on religious aspects of disease etiologies among five, systematically selected, African peoples: the San, Maasai, Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba. Unlike the homogenizing tendencies of many earlier comparative works by scholars of religion, this book highlights the differences between and the plurality within the religions and cultures of the selected peoples, as well as processes of change. The work covers a period of about 100 years, from the late 19th to the late 20th century, and much of the material used comes from European mission archives. To different degrees among the peoples studied, there has been a gradual shift from an emphasis on spiritual beings such as God and ancestors to living humans like 'witches' as agents of disease. In a theoretically eclective analysis, possible reasons for this shift are discussed
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DLC
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Westerlund, David
Dewey number
299.6/11661
LC call number
BL2462.5
LC item number
.W37 2006
NLM call number
  • 2006 L-835
  • BL 2462.5
NLM item number
W526a 2007
Series statement
Studies of religion in Africa,
Series volume
v. 28
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion
  • Medicine, African Traditional
  • Witchcraft
  • Africa South of the Sahara
Label
African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-233) and index
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter One: Ethnographic Background -- Chapter Two: Heavenly Beings Among the San -- Chapter Three: God in Maasai Thought -- Chapter Four: Sukuma Spirits of Ancestors -- Chapter Five: Kongo Spirits or Nkisi -- Chapter Six: Yoruba Divinities -- Chapter Seven: Living Humans Among the San and Maasai -- Chapter Eight: Witchery Among the Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba -- Chapter Nine: Factors of Continuity and Change -- Appendix on Natural Causation of Disease
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000099843
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9789004144330
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006047581
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000099843
Label
African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [217]-233) and index
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter One: Ethnographic Background -- Chapter Two: Heavenly Beings Among the San -- Chapter Three: God in Maasai Thought -- Chapter Four: Sukuma Spirits of Ancestors -- Chapter Five: Kongo Spirits or Nkisi -- Chapter Six: Yoruba Divinities -- Chapter Seven: Living Humans Among the San and Maasai -- Chapter Eight: Witchery Among the Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba -- Chapter Nine: Factors of Continuity and Change -- Appendix on Natural Causation of Disease
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000099843
Dimensions
unknown
Isbn
9789004144330
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006047581
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)bookssj0000099843

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