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The weight of the past : living with history in Mahajanga, Madagascar

Author: Michael Lambek
Publisher: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
Series: Contemporary anthropology of religion.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In The Weight of the Past , Michael Lambek explores the complex ways that history shapes, constrains, and enables daily life.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Lambek
ISBN: 1403960674 9781403960672 1403960682 9781403960689
OCLC Number: 59471214
Description: xx, 319 pages : illustrations, genealtables, maps, plan ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. I. A Poiesis of History. Ch. 1. Bearing Sakalava History: A Glossary of Key Terms. Ch. 2. Into the Maze: Surface and Center, Place, Person, and Potency. Ch. 3. The Sakalava Poiesis of History: Realizing the Past through Spirit Possession --
pt. II. Structural Remains: Contemporary Divisions of Historical Labor. Ch. 4. Mechanical Division: Structure and History in the Northwest. Ch. 5. The Legacy of Lord Diviner, Ndramisara: Organic Division, "Kindedness," and Sakalava Subjects. Ch. 6. Personal Particularism, Mediumship, and Distributive Memory --
pt. III. Serving the Ancestors. Ch. 7. Popular Performances: Paying Homage and Gaining Respect. Ch. 8. The Great Service (Fanompoa Be) --
pt. IV. Practicing History. Ch. 9. Kassim's Burden: The Practice of an Exemplary Spirit Medium. Appendix: The Plan of Bezavo. Ch. 10. Answering to History: Conflict, Conscience, and Change. Ch. 11. The Play of the Past: Historicity in Daily Life. Ch. 12. Conclusion: Imagined Continuities.
Series Title: Contemporary anthropology of religion.
Responsibility: Michael Lambek.

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