Request Inspection Copy

If you are an Academic or Teacher and wish to consider this book as a prescribed textbook for your course, you may be eligible for a complimentary inspection copy. Please complete this form, including information about your position, campus and course, before adding to cart.

* Required Fields

To complete your Inspection Copy Request you will need to click the Checkout button in the right margin and complete the checkout formalities. You can include Inspection Copies and purchased items in the same shopping cart, see our Inspection Copy terms for further information.

Any Questions? Please email our text Support Team on text@footprint.com.au

Submit

Email this to a friend

* ALL required Fields

Order Inspection Copy

An inspection copy has been added to your shopping cart

Dancing Prophets: Musical Experience in Tumbuka Healing

by Steven M. Friedson University of Chicago Press
Pub Date:
01/1996
ISBN:
9780226265025
Format:
Pbk 260 pages
Price:
AU$63.00 NZ$65.22
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
add to your cart
For the Tumbuka people of Malawi, traditional medical practices are saturated with music. In this groundbreaking ethnography, Steven M. Friedson explores a health care system populated by dancing prophets, singing patients, and drummed spirits.Tumbuka healers diagnose diseases by enacting divination trances in which they ''see'' the causes of past events and their consequences for patients. Music is the structural nexus where healer, patient, and spirit meet--it is the energizing heat that fuels the trance, transforming both the bodily and social functioning of the individual. Friedson shows how the sound of the ng'oma drum, the clapping of the choir, call-and-response singing, and the jangle of tin belts and iron anklets do not simply accompany other more important ritual activities--they are the very substance of a sacred clinical reality.This novel look at the relation between music and mental and biological health will interest medical anthropologists, Africanists, and religious scholars as well as ethnomusicologists.

List of IllustrationsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsNote on OrthographyIntroduction: Ethnography as Possibility 1: To Dance and To Dream 2: God, Humans, and Spirits 3: Blood and Spirit: The Chilopa Sacrifice 4: The Musical Construction of Clinical Reality 5: In the Vimbuza Mode 6: Conclusion: An Ontology of Energy Epilogue Appendix A: Glossary of Vimbuza Spirits Appendix B: Vimbuza Rhythmic Mottos Appendix C: Vimbuza Song Texts Notes Bibliography Index