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The Resource African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)

African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)

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African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans
Title
African indigenous religions and disease causation
Title remainder
from spiritual beings to living humans
Statement of responsibility
by David Westerlund
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This comparative and historical study focuses on religious aspects of disease etiologies among five, systematically selected, African peoples: the San, Maasai, Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba. Unlike the homogenizing tendencies of many earlier comparative works by scholars of religion, this book highlights the differences between and the plurality within the religions and cultures of the selected peoples, as well as processes of change. The work covers a period of about 100 years, from the late 19th to the late 20th century, and much of the material used comes from European mission archives. To different degrees among the peoples studied, there has been a gradual shift from an emphasis on spiritual beings such as God and ancestors to living humans like 'witches' as agents of disease. In a theoretically eclective analysis, possible reasons for this shift are discussed
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Action
digitized
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Westerlund, David
Dewey number
299.6/11661
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Studies of religion in Africa,
Series volume
v. 28
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  • Diseases
  • Diseases
  • Africa, Sub-Saharan
  • Africa South of the Sahara
Label
African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-233) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter One: Ethnographic Background -- Chapter Two: Heavenly Beings Among the San -- Chapter Three: God in Maasai Thought -- Chapter Four: Sukuma Spirits of Ancestors -- Chapter Five: Kongo Spirits or Nkisi -- Chapter Six: Yoruba Divinities -- Chapter Seven: Living Humans Among the San and Maasai -- Chapter Eight: Witchery Among the Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba -- Chapter Nine: Factors of Continuity and Change -- Appendix on Natural Causation of Disease
Control code
ocn290584540
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789004144330
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)290584540
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
African indigenous religions and disease causation : from spiritual beings to living humans, by David Westerlund, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-233) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Chapter One: Ethnographic Background -- Chapter Two: Heavenly Beings Among the San -- Chapter Three: God in Maasai Thought -- Chapter Four: Sukuma Spirits of Ancestors -- Chapter Five: Kongo Spirits or Nkisi -- Chapter Six: Yoruba Divinities -- Chapter Seven: Living Humans Among the San and Maasai -- Chapter Eight: Witchery Among the Sukuma, Kongo and Yoruba -- Chapter Nine: Factors of Continuity and Change -- Appendix on Natural Causation of Disease
Control code
ocn290584540
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 237 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9789004144330
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)290584540
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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