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Author Janzen, John M.
Title Ngoma : discourses of healing in central and southern Africa / John M. Janzen.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992.

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Author Janzen, John M.
Series Comparative studies of health systems and medical care
Comparative studies of health systems and medical care.
Subject Traditional medicine -- Africa, Southern.
Traditional medicine -- Africa, Central.
Healing -- Africa, Southern.
Healing -- Africa, Central.
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa, Southern.
Rites and ceremonies -- Africa, Central.
Ceremonial Behavior.
Medicine, Traditional.
Mental Healing.
Africa, Central.
Africa, Southern.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 241 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-234) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Settings and Samples in African Cults of Affliction -- Identifying Ngoma Historical and Comparative Perspectives -- Core Features in Ngoma Therapy -- Doing Ngoma: The Texture of Personal Transformation -- How Ngoma Works: Of Codes and Consciousness -- How Ngoma Works: The Social Reproduction of Health.
Summary Drawing on his recent field research in Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Mbabane, and Capetown, Janzen reveals how ngoma transcends national and social boundaries.
ISBN 9780520910850 (electronic bk.)
0520910850 (electronic bk.)
0585129320 (electronic bk.)
9780585129327 (electronic bk.)
9780520072657 (alk. paper)
0520072650 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 43476558
Additional Format Print version: Janzen, John M. Ngoma. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1992 0520072650 (DLC) 91043703 (OCoLC)24907740
Table of Contents
1Settings and Samples in African Cults of Affliction10
  The "Grands Rites" of Kinshasa11
  Ngoma on the Swahili Coast20
  Sangoma: Divining the Stresses of Rapid Industrialization in North Nguni Society35
  The Amagqira: Surviving the Townships of South Africa50
2Identifying Ngoma: Historical and Comparative Perspectives57
  The Bantu Conundrum58
  The Lexicon of a Classical Sub-Saharan Therapeutics63
  Instruments of Ritual Healing as a Nonverbal Cognate Set69
  Social and Political Variables of a Complex Institution74
  Scholarly Blinders and the Ontology of a Unique Institution80
3Core Features in Ngoma Therapy85
  Sickness and Therapeutic Initiation as a Phased Rite of Passage87
  The Diagnosis of Misfortune90
  Nosology and Spirit Fields94
  The Course through the White101
  Sacrifice and Exchange104
  The Sufferer Becomes the Healer105
4Doing Ngoma: The Texture of Personal Transformation108
  Text and Texture in African Healing109
  "Doing Ngoma": The Core Ritual Unit110
  Common Songs and Personal Song in Ngoma Narrative Tradition118
  The Structure of Ngoma Therapeutic Communication122
  Of Music and Ritual in Ngoma126
5How Ngoma Works: Of Codes and Consciousness130
  Personal Experience and Cultural Reality131
  Spirit Logic and Therapeutic Discourse133
  From Spirit to Song-Dance: Articulating Metaphors of Difficult Experience145
  Ngoma and Specialized Knowledge149
6Now Ngoma Works: The Social Reproduction of Health153
  Health and Health Indicators154
  The Social Reproduction of Health156
  Profiles of Ngoma Social Reproduction159
 Appendix A: Partial Listing of Guthrie's Inventory of Bantu Languages181
 Appendix B: Distributions of Terms in Bantu Languages Pertaining to Therapeutic Concepts and Actions189
 Appendix C: Instrumentation Accompanying Healing Rituals in Central and Southern Africa209

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