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Title:Explorations in the history and sociology of territorial cults in Zambia
Author:Binsbergen, W.M.J. vanISNI
Book title:Guardians of the land: essays on Central African territorial cults / ed. by J.M. Schoffeleers. - Gwelo: Mambo Press. - (Zambeziana; vol. 5)
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:African religions
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/1887/8941
Abstract:In order better to present these cults in their interrelation with other institutions, the author introduces an additional analytical concept: the shrine cult, calling a shrine 'a spot which is singled out and treated in a very special way because of its close association with events by which entities believed to exist somewhere outside this visible order can manifest themselves within this order - and where, therefore, humans can communicate with these entities'. The concepts of territorial cult and shrine cult largely overlap, but neither is a subset of the other. The territorial cult in the Zambian context - Shrines, ecology and the community - Chiefs and shrines in Zambia's history - Conclusion.