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Embodying colonial memories : spirit possession, power, and the Hauka in West Africa

Author: Paul Stoller
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1995.
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Embodying Colonial Memories is the first in-depth study of the West African Hauka, spirits in the body of (human) mediums which mimic and mock Europeans of the colonial epoch. Paul Stoller, who was initiated into a spirit possession troupe, recounts an insider's tale of the Hauka with respect and "brotherly" deference. He combines narrative description, historical analysis, and reflections on the importance of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Stoller
ISBN: 0415908760 9780415908764 0415908779 9780415908771
OCLC Number: 31518838
Description: xi, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Diplomacy on a dune --
Spirit possession --
Cultural memory --
Embodied memories: mimesis and spirit possession --
From first contacts to military partition --
Colonizing West Africa --
Embodied oppositions --
Colonizing Niger --
The birth of the Hauka Movement --
Transgressing to the Gold Coast --
Independence and the postcolony of Niger --
Peasant and Hauka in Niger's postcolony --
The Hauka and the government of General Seyni Kountche --
Epilogue: memory, power, and spirit possession.
Responsibility: Paul Stoller.
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