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Title:Fetishism Revisited: Kongo Nkisi in Sociological Perspective
Author:MacGaffey, WyattISNI
Year:1977
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:47
Issue:2
Pages:172-184
Language:English
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Angola
Subjects:popular beliefs
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158736
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1977-047-00-000013
Abstract:This paper, based largely on published ethnography referring to the turn of the century, re-examines the Kongo nkisi and the relationship betveen object, spirit and practitioner in the context of the Kongo ritual system. Primarily sociological, it complements the recent philosophical exegesis of minkisi by Dupre. Sections: magic - magic and the ancestors - ancestors 3 and chiefs - chiefs and priests - the sociology of the cults of the dead. Conclusion: the fundamental concepts of nkisi are the immortaliy of the personality and the relationship between that personality, or soul, and its visible container, by means of which it enters into social relationships, for good or ill. Notes, ref., resume en franšais.
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