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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Shrines in Africa: history, politics, and society
Editor:Dawson, Allan Charles
Year:2009
ISSN:1703-1826
Issue:5
Pages:210
Language:English
Series:Africa: missing voices
City of publisher:Calgary, Alta
Publisher:University of Calgary Press
ISBN:155238246X; 9781552382462
Geographic terms:Ghana
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Nigeria
Morocco
Subjects:shrines
Dagari
Konkomba
Kusasi
Sisala
Tallensi
Abstract:Shrines are physical manifestations of a group's claim to a particular piece of land and are thus markers of identity. This volume explores how African shrines, in their variable and diverse forms, are more than just spiritual vessels or points of worship - they are symbols of ethnic solidarity, group cohesion, and knowledge about the landscape. The papers in the volume focus on West Africa, with one exception. Contents: Pots, stones, and potsherds: shrines in the Mandara mountains (North Cameroon and Northeastern Nigeria), by Judith Sterner and Nicholas David; The archaeology of shrines among the Tallensi of northern Ghana: materiality and interpretive relevance, by Timothy Insoll, Benjamin Kankpeyeng, and Rachel MacLean; Earth srhines and autochthony among the Konkomba of northern Ghana, by Allan Charles Dawson; Shrines and compound abandonment: ethnoarchaeological observations in northern Ghana, by Charles Mather; Constructing ritual protection on an expanding settlement frontier: earth shrines in the Black Volta region (Ghana, Burkina Faso), by Carola Lentz; Moroccan saints' shrines as systems of distributed knowledge, by Doyle Hatt. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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