Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-309) and indexes.
The human flesh -- The subjects as containers -- The skin-citizens -- "Smoke must be kept inside the house" -- The gifts of the dead monarchs -- The closure of the country -- The king's three bodies -- The royal excrement -- Unbreakable vital piggy-banks -- De-sexualized bachelors -- Theoretical questions, in bodily/material cultures.
The king of Mankon (Cameroon) acts as a container of ancestral substances he distributes to his people. This book shows how the exercise of power in a contemporary African kingdom is based on the implementation of bodily and material technologies.
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