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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:African Metalworking, Metaphors and Medicines
Author:Pistorius, Julius C.C.
Year:1998
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:21
Issue:4
Pages:198-202
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:archaeology
metalworking industry
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
Abstract:African metalworking involves a complex combination of technological and supernatural processes. The cognitive and symbolic dimensions of this practice are complicated and vary amongst prehistoric and historic metalworking groups. In this article, some examples of the interrelationships between rituals, medicines and metaphors, derived from archaeological and ethnographic information pertaining to sub-Saharan Africa, in particular in South Africa, are discussed. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English.
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