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Experiencing Ritual
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Experiencing Ritual is Edith Turner's account of how she sighted a spirit form while participating in the Ihamba ritual of the Ndembu. Through her analysis, she presents a view not common in anthropological writings—the view of millions of Africans—that ritual is the harnessing of spiritual power.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. I. The Field Context of the Ihamba Rituals in 1985
  2. pp. 18-30
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  1. 2. The Medicine Quest for the First Iharnba
  2. pp. 31-53
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  1. 3. The First Iharnba: The Performance for Nyakanjata
  2. pp. 54-82
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  1. 4. Discussion of the First Ihamba
  2. pp. 83-102
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  1. 5. Background to the Second Ihamba
  2. pp. 103-127
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  1. 6. The Second Ihamba: The Performance for Meru
  2. pp. 128-158
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  1. 7. Ritual and the Anthropology of Experience
  2. pp. 159-169
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  1. 8. Seeing Spirits
  2. pp. 170-177
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  1. Coda
  2. pp. 178-180
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  1. Appendix 1. African Spirit Healing and Ihamba
  2. pp. 181-184
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  1. Appendix 2. Types of Spirit Healers
  2. pp. 185-187
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  1. Appendix 3. Medicines and Hallucinogens
  2. pp. 188-190
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  1. Appendix 4. Cupping with Horns
  2. pp. 191-192
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  1. Appendix 5. Music and Drumming
  2. pp. 193-199
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  1. Appendix 6. The Extraction of Harmful Intrusions
  2. pp. 200-205
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  1. Appendix 8. Old and New Ihamba Compared
  2. pp. 206-208
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  1. Appendix 9. Matriliny, Rituals, and Religions: The 1985 Ndembu
  2. pp. 209-210
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  1. Appendix 10. Maps
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. Appendix 11. Abridged Genealogy of the Kahona Family
  2. pp. 213-214
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. References
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 229-239
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