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Ngoma
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Ngoma, in Bantu, means drum, song, performance, and healing cult or association. A widespread form of ritual healing in Central and Southern Africa, ngoma is fully investigated here for the first time and interpreted in a contemporary context. John Janzen's daring study incorporates drumming and spirit possession into a broader, institutional profile that emphasizes the varieties of knowledge and social forms and also the common elements of "doing ngoma."

Drawing on his recent field research in Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Mbabane, and Capetown, Janzen reveals how ngoma transcends national and social boundaries. Spoken and sung discourses about affliction, extended counseling, reorientation of the self or household, and the creation of networks that link the afflicted, their kin, and their healers are all central to ngoma—and familiar to Western self-help institutions as well. Students of African healing and also those interested in the comparative and historical study of medicine, religion, and music will find Ngoma a valuable and thought-provoking book.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. viii-viii
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  1. Photographs
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1. Settings and Samples in African Cults of Affliction
  2. pp. 10-56
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  1. 2. Identifying Ngoma: Historical and Comparative Perspectives
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. 3. Core Features in Ngoma Therapy
  2. pp. 85-107
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  1. 4. Doing Ngoma: The Texture of Personal Transformation
  2. pp. 108-129
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  1. 5. How Ngoma Works: Of Codes and Consciousness
  2. pp. 130-152
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  1. 6. Now Ngoma Works: The Social Reproduction of Health
  2. pp. 153-172
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 173-180
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  1. Appendix A: Partial Listing of Guthrie's Inventory of Bantu Languages
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. Appendix B: Distributions of Terms in Bantu Languages Pertaining to Therapeutic Concepts and Actions
  2. pp. 189-208
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  1. Appendix C: Instrumentation Accompanying Healing Rituals in Central and Southern Africa
  2. pp. 209-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-234
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-241
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