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Sorcerers of Zaire.

Author: J Scott Dodds
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1996, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the life of the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, where hardship and starvation are a way of life. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them sickness and death. Focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their  Read more...
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: J Scott Dodds
OCLC Number: 34738269
Notes: "FFH 6136."
Credits: Writer and photographer, J. Scott Dodds ; editor, David D. Ohl ; narrator, Harold Cannon ; music, Alyce Sundquist.
Performer(s): Narrator: Harold Cannon.
Description: 1 videocassette (51 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.

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Explores the life of the rural Chokwe tribe of southwestern Zaire, where hardship and starvation are a way of life. To assure that their modest food supply is distributed fairly, the Chokwe use a complex system of reprisals in which sorcerers are hired to resurrect ancestral ghosts to haunt those who hoard goods, causing them sickness and death. Focuses on four patients and two healers, following them through their traditional medical treatments. Also shows the rigorous initiation ritual in which masked dancers help prepare boys for manhood.

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