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The Resource The Forge and the funeral : the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture, Walter. E.A. van Beek

The Forge and the funeral : the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture, Walter. E.A. van Beek

Label
The Forge and the funeral : the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture
Title
The Forge and the funeral
Title remainder
the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture
Statement of responsibility
Walter. E.A. van Beek
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Throughout Africa one craft among many stands out: that of the blacksmith. In many African cultures, smiths occupy a significant position, not just as artisans engaging in a difficult craft but also as special people. Often they perform other crafts, as well, and make up a somewhat separate group inside society. The Forge and the Funeral describes the position of the smith in the culture of the Kapsiki/Higi of northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria. Situated in the Mandara Mountains and straddling the border of these two countries, Kapsiki culture forms a specific and highly relevant example of the phenomenon of the smith in Africa. As an endogamous group of about 5 percent of the population, Kapsiki smiths perform an impressive array of crafts and specializations, combining magico-religious functions with metalwork, in particular as funeral directors, as well as with music and healing. The Forge and the Funeral gives an intimate description and analysis of this group, based upon the author's four decades-long involvement with the Kapsiki/Higi. Description and analysis are set within the more general scholarly debates about the dynamics of professional closure - including the notions of caste and guild - and also consider the deep history of iron and brass in Africa
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Cataloging source
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beek, W. E. A. van
Dewey number
299.3
Index
index present
LC call number
DT571.K36
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
African history and culture
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kamwe (African people)
  • Kamwe (African people)
  • Blacksmiths
  • BODY, MIND & SPIRIT
  • RELIGION
  • Blacksmiths
  • Africa
  • Cameroon
  • Nigeria
  • Kamwe
  • Religionsethnologie
  • Handwerk
  • Schmiedekunst
  • Sachkultur
  • Schmied
  • Heiler
  • Magier
  • Kamerun
  • Nigeria
Label
The Forge and the funeral : the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture, Walter. E.A. van Beek
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Language and orthography -- Smith, skill, and the senses -- An African enigma -- The internal other -- Hot iron and cool pots -- Yellow wildness -- Of whistling birds and talking crabs -- Smith and ritual -- Masters of healing -- A sense of justice -- The smell of death -- Music and the silence of the smith -- The smith and the power of things -- Notes -- Glossary of kapsiki terms -- Glossary of paksiki plant names -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
930600965
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609174538
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt17mc7qj
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not applicable
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)930600965
Label
The Forge and the funeral : the Smith in Kapsiki/Higi culture, Walter. E.A. van Beek
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Language and orthography -- Smith, skill, and the senses -- An African enigma -- The internal other -- Hot iron and cool pots -- Yellow wildness -- Of whistling birds and talking crabs -- Smith and ritual -- Masters of healing -- A sense of justice -- The smell of death -- Music and the silence of the smith -- The smith and the power of things -- Notes -- Glossary of kapsiki terms -- Glossary of paksiki plant names -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
930600965
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781609174538
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt17mc7qj
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)930600965

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