Bori. Guérisseurs de l'âme-Healers of the soul

Author: Caroline Alida

Publisher: 5Continents


Category: Art

Page: 125

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This book of exquisite duotone photographs looks at the Bori, a West African shamanist cult centered on possession by the spirits of ancestors. Its followers, priests (also known as Bori), and assistants are clairvoyants or faith healers. They perform ecstatic ritual dances to conjure up djinns--spirits--to protect society and its individual members from evil. Faith healers (Boka) employ traditional plants to heal the sick. Caroline Alida's black-and-white portraits of the Bori and the objects used in their ritual practices were taken in dim natural light, imbuing the photos with a contemplative atmosphere.



Publisher: ICON Group International




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Trance Mediums and New Media

Spirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction

Author: Anja Dreschke

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 966

Ongoing debates about the “return of religion” have paid little attention to the orgiastic and enthusiastic qualities of religiosity, despite a significant increase in the use of techniques of trance and possession around the globe. Likewise, research on religion and media has neglected the fact that historically the rise of mediumship and spirit possession was closely linked to the development of new media of communication. This innovative volume brings together a wide range of ethnographic studies on local spiritual and media practices. Recognizing that processes of globalization are shaped by mass mediation, the volume raises questions such as: How are media like photography, cinema, video, the telephone, or television integrated in seances and healing rituals? How do spirit mediums connect with these media? Why are certain technical media shunned in these contexts?

Contesting Visibility

Photographic Practices on the East African Coast

Author: Heike Behrend

Publisher: transcript Verlag


Category: Social Science

Page: 266

View: 197

Since the introduction of photography by commercial studio photographers and the colonial state in Kenya, this global medium has been intensely debated and contested among Muslims on the cosmopolitan East African coast. This book does not only explore the making, circulation, and consumption of popular photographs, but also the other side, their rejection and obliteration, an essential aspect of a medium's history that should not be neglected. It deals with various »social spaces of refusal« in the local Muslim milieu and in that of »traditional« spirit mediums in which (gendered) visibility was (and is) contested in various and creative ways. It focuses on the »aesthetics of withdrawal«: the various ways and techniques that process the photographic act as well as the photographic image to theatricalize the surface of the image in new ways by veiling, masking, and concealing. In a fragmented historical perspective, Heike Behrend seeks to complement, decenter, and counter the history of photography as it has been told by the West and to narrate another history beginning with preceding local media such as textiles and spirit possession.

Prayer Has Spoiled Everything

Possession, Power, and Identity in an Islamic Town of Niger

Author: Adeline Masquelier

Publisher: Duke University Press


Category: Religion

Page: 348

View: 521

DIVAn ethnographic and historical account of bori spirit possession and its relation to Islam, colonialism, and the state./div

Countless Blessings

A History of Childbirth and Reproduction in the Sahel

Author: Barbara M. Cooper

Publisher: Indiana University Press


Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 362

View: 452

How do women in Niger experience pregnancy and childbirth differently from women in the United States or Europe? Barbara M. Cooper sets out to understand childbirth in a country with the world's highest fertility rate and an alarmingly high rate of maternal and infant mortality. Cooper shows how the environment, slavery and abolition, French military rule, and the rapid expansion of Islam have all influenced childbirth and fertility in Niger from the 19th century to the present day. She sketches a landscape where fear of infertility generates intense competition between communities, ethnicities, and co-wives and creates a culture where concerns about infertility dominate concerns about overpopulation, where illegitimate children are rejected, and where the education of girls is sacrificed in the name of avoiding shame. Given a medical system poorly adapted to women's needs, a precarious economy, and a political context where it is impossible to address sexuality openly, Cooper discovers that it is little wonder that pregnancy and birth are a woman's greatest pride as well as a source of grave danger.

Analytical Concordance to the Bible on an Entirely New Plan

Containing Every Word in Alphabetical Order, Arranged Under Its Hebrew Or Greek Original, with the Literal Meaning of Each, and Its Pronunciation; Exhibiting about Three Hundred and Eleven Thousand References, Marking 30,000 Various Readings in the New Testament, with the Latest Information on Biblical Geography and Antiquities, Etc. Etc. Etc. ...

Author: Robert Young




Page: 1090

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Body Myths

Author: Cecil Helman

Publisher: Random House (UK)


Category: Body, Human

Page: 151

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Myth and Symbol

Symbolism in Prehistoric Religions

Author: Ariel Golan



Category: Decoration and ornament, Ancient

Page: 346

View: 328

Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures: Supplement & index

Author: Jacqueline Siapno

Publisher: Encyclopedia of Women & Islami


Category: Religion

Page: 409

View: 775

Focuses on women and the civilizations and societies in which Islam has played a historic role. Surveys all facets of life (society, economy, politics, religion, the arts, popular culture, sports, health, science, medicine, environment, and so forth) of women in these societies.

The Master Crossword Puzzle Dictionary

The Unabridged Word Bank

Author: Herbert M. Baus

Publisher: Doubleday Books


Category: Games & Activities

Page: 1693

View: 813

Over two hundred thousand synonyms are cross-referenced especially for the crossword puzzle expert

Healing in Community

Medicine, Contested Terrains, and Cultural Encounters Among the Tuareg

Author: Susan J. Rasmussen

Publisher: Praeger


Category: Medical

Page: 247

View: 893

Documents Tuareg responses to medicine and healing in northern Niger's current predicament of ecological disaster, economic crisis, and political tensions.

Women's Medicine

The Zar-Bori Cult in Africa and Beyond

Author: Professor Ahmed Al-Safi

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press


Category: Religion

Page: 299

View: 568

Despite the large-scale destruction of traditional practices throughout the world, the Zar-Bori spirit-healing cult continues to hold tremendous meaning for some women in West Africa, the Sudan and North Africa, and even in the more progressive countries such as Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and the Gulf States.

The Cultural Context of Health

A Baloch Perspective: an Exploration of the Cultural Context and Consequences of Perceptions of Illness and Health-seeking Behaviour of the Baloch

Author: Naseer Dashti



Category: Baluchi (Southwest Asian people)

Page: 342

View: 614