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African gods : contemporary rituals and beliefs

Author: Daniel Lainé; Tobie Nathan; Anne Stamm; Pierre Saulnier
Publisher: Paris : Flammarion, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : English language edView all editions and formats
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"African Gods is a photographic journey through a world of soothsayers, healers, priests, witch doctors, and prophets. Daniel Laine's photographs capture moments of intense spirituality during rituals, exorcisms, dances, and magical rites, many of which are open only to initiates, and some of which will soon be lost forever." "A spiritual journey through twelve African countries: Nigeria, South Africa, the Ivory  Read more...
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Lainé, Daniel, 1949-
African gods.
Paris : Flammarion, 2007
(OCoLC)608475068
Online version:
Lainé, Daniel, 1949-
African gods.
Paris : Flammarion, 2007
(OCoLC)609332428
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Lainé; Tobie Nathan; Anne Stamm; Pierre Saulnier
ISBN: 9782080300195 2080300199
OCLC Number: 144596948
Notes: Simultaneously published in French with title: Dieux noirs.
Description: 191 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Foreword --
African religions --
Vodun --
For the Bamileke, death does not exist --
The Hogon foregoes physical contact --
Blue, the color of ritual death --
Sexual intercourse as mystical expression --
Westerners are considered ugly --
Witches have four eyes --
The symbolism of beads --
Ritual slavery --
Insanity as blessing --
The power of women is feared --
A masked healer --
Chaste magicians --
The initiates' sacred dance --
Ashantis forced their enemies to walk barefoot --
Followers of the high priest of the sacred forest --
Strict codes of conduct --
Zionist Christian women --
The god Sanponna protects against epidemics --
A "penis shrinker" --
Praying for a cure --
Priest in a mystic coma --
In the land of the dead --
The lbidio priest remains in the village --
Masks are dangerous --
The power of elephant tusks --
Soothsayers can see the spirits of the dead --
Fear of magic --
Too see means to know --
The punishment for insulting God is death --
The sacred statue of Ohafia --
The soul of the deceased floats overhead --
The skull has a soul --
A witch-child in Kinshasa --
Shango, god of lightning --
Messenger of the gods --
The sacred languages of the vodun --
Eyos are guardians of the soul --
The Orisha of Nigeria --
The spiritual son of the god of lightning --
Ritual vodun equipment --
Sixteen is a sacred number --
Death of a king --
Attracting Agni gods --
Gambada, a very violent deity --
The priest makes the sun turn --
Young initiates are not permitted to speak --
Slaves of the gods --
Sacred slaves --
Mahounon, princess of the universe --
The Daho Kpassenon and the iroko tree --
The Amazons of Abomey --
Worshipping the python --
Twin ritual and the goddess Mami Wata --
Twins share a soul --
Exorcism of a child --
A vodun altar --
The fetish of the sacred forest --
Sakpata, god of disease --
A young man carrying a vodun on his shoulders --
Vodun flags --
Eyes rolled upwards --
Spirits have no face --
The fa oracle --
Foreign is good --
The prophet speaking to God --
The prophet Samuel --
Spirits and deities --
The palanquin and the power of the vodun --
Vodun-tron gods are shy --
The Christian cross plays a part in vodun ceremonies --
Vodun as improvised theater --
The phallus dance --
Koku worshippers --
Possession by a deity --
A thirst for blood --
The gods enjoy music --
Voduns love schnapps --
The role of plastic toys in ritual --
Secrecy is at the heart of the vodun faith --
Soothsayers are chosen before birth --
Saint Michael in the role of Ogun, god of war and iron --
Celestial Christians fighting vodun influence --
Spirits hiding in the bush --
Punishment of criminals --
Nigerian businessmen --
Westerners initiated into vodun --
The goddess of water --
Beautiful Mami Wata --
Spiritual transformation --
The Sagoma throws her voice --
Fetishes from the far side of the universe --
Ndebele necklaces --
Becoming a woman --
The curse of the Gcaleka of South Africa --
Ritual murders and magic charms --
South African Zionist Christians --
"When an elder dies ..." --
Stoning for those accused of witchcraft --
Dreams as cure --
White symbolizes moral rectitude --
White, the color of rebirth --
The Zionist Christian church --
Jumping as an aid to prayer --
Fear of witches --
The griotte's story --
The balafon xylophone --
The griot's song --
Griots and the musical tradition --
The Bwiti ceremony and the role of women --
"Angels" under the influence --
The Society of Cherubim and Seraphim --
Westerners are flawed --
A mystical acrobat --
The marks of God --
Vodun, a religion of life --
Dangerous Xhosa initiation rites --
Circumcision as a rite of passage --
Woman-goddess --
Seeing is believing --
The Fela shrine --
Initiation celebrations --
The soul-eater --
The end of the world is nigh --
Polygamy and the Harrist faith --
Albert Atcho, the devil's confessor --
Shango punishes with lightning --
Noli, land of ghosts --
Fear of witchcraft --
The saber protects the Ashanto chief --
Akan gold --
Two souls --
Masks as protection --
Holy water, holy bullets --
Mystic Africa --
Lagos, capital of miracles --
Vodun fetishes.
Responsibility: photographs by Daniel Lainé ; preface by Tobie Nathan ; essays by Anne Stamm and Pierre Saulnier.
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"African Gods is a photographic journey through a world of soothsayers, healers, priests, witch doctors, and prophets. Daniel Laine's photographs capture moments of intense spirituality during rituals, exorcisms, dances, and magical rites, many of which are open only to initiates, and some of which will soon be lost forever." "A spiritual journey through twelve African countries: Nigeria, South Africa, the Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo, Gabon, and Uganda - African Gods is as enlightening as it is visually stunning."--Jacket.

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