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Title:African divination systems: ways of knowing
Editor:Peek, Philip M.ISNI
Series:African systems of thought
City of publisher:Bloomington, IN
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISBN:0253206537; 0253343097
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Abstract:In this book the contributors provide an overview of sub-Saharan African cultures and contemporary divination scholarship. The contributions are based on fieldwork among peoples from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, and Zaire. Included are the following contributions: Introduction: the study of divination, present and past, by P.M. Peek; The initiation of a Zulu diviner, by H. Callaway; Nilotic cosmology and the divination of Atuot philosophy, by J.W. Burton; Divination in Madagascar: the Antemoro case and the diffusion of divination, by P. Vérin and Narivelo Rajaonarimanana; Diviners as alienists and annunciators among the Batammaliba of Togo, by R. Blier; Divination among the Lobi of Burkina Faso, by P. Meyer; Divination and the hunt in Pagibeti ideology, by Alden Almquist; Mediumistic divination among the northern Yaka of Zaire: etiology and ways of knowing, by R. Devisch; Splitting truths from darkness: epistemological aspects of Temne divination, by R. Shaw; Knowledge and power in Nyole divination, by S.R. Whyte; Simultaneity and sequencing in the oracular speech of Kenyan diviners, by D. Parkin; and African divination systems: non-normal modes of cognition, by P.M. Peek. Also included is an afterword by J.W. Fernandez.