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In Africa, where the birthrate of twins is among the highest in the world, twins can be seen as a burden to their families and a threat to the social order, or they can be seen as a gift from God and beings with unique abilities who bring about social harmony. Philip M. Peek and the contributors to this illuminating, multidisciplinary volume explore this rich cultural heritage by examining topics such as twins in artistic representation, twins and divination, and twins in performance, cosmology, religion, and popular culture.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. 1. Introduction: Beginning to Rethink Twins
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. Part One: Roots
  2. p. 37
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  1. 2. Twins and Double Beings among the Bamana and Maninka of Mali
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 3. Twins and Intertwinement: Reflections on Ambiguity and Ambivalence in Northwestern Namibia
  2. pp. 61-78
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  1. Part Two: Doubles and Dualities
  2. p. 79
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  1. 4. Sustaining the Oneness in Their Twoness: Poetics of Twin Figures (Ère Ìbejì) among the Yoruba
  2. pp. 81-98
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  1. 5. “Son Dos los Jimagüas” (“The Twins Are Two”): Worship of the Sacred Twins in Lucumí Religious Culture
  2. pp. 99-115
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  1. 6. Twins, Couples, and Doubles and the Negotiationof Spirit-Human Identities among the Win
  2. pp. 116-136
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  1. 7. Double Portraits: Images of Twinness in West African Studio Photography
  2. pp. 137-159
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  1. Part Three: The Centrality of Liminality
  2. p. 161
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  1. 8. Forever Liminal: Twins among the Kapsiki/Higi of North Cameroon and Northeastern Nigeria
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. 9. Snake, Bush, and Metaphor: Twinship among Ubangians
  2. pp. 183-205
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  1. 10. Fiction and Forbidden Sexual Fantasy in the Culture of Temne Twins
  2. pp. 206-231
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  1. 11. Embodied Dilemma: Tabwa Twinship in Thought and Performance
  2. pp. 232-250
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  1. 12. Children of the Moon: Twins in Luba Art and Ontology
  2. pp. 251-268
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  1. Part Four: Transformations
  2. p. 269
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  1. 13. Two Equals Three: Twins and the Trickster in Haitian Vodou
  2. pp. 271-289
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  1. 14. Divine Children: The Ibejis and the Erês in Brazilian Candomblé
  2. pp. 290-305
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  1. 15. The Ambiguous Ordinariness of Yoruba Twins
  2. pp. 306-326
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  1. 16. Twins, Albinos, and Vanishing Prisoners
  2. pp. 327-347
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 349-351
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-366
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253001634
Related ISBN
9780253356246
MARC Record
OCLC
742333361
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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