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Medicinal rule : a historical anthropology of kingship in east and central Africa

Author: Koen Stroeken
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2018. ©2018
Series: Methodology and history in anthropology, v. 35.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings - and found them. The resulting misunderstandings last until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison and a critical re-examination of classic monographs on some forty cultural groups, this volume makes the arresting claim that across equatorial Africa the model of rule has been medicine - and not the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stroeken, Koen.
Medicinal rule.
New York : Berghahn Books, 2018
(DLC) 2018023456
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Koen Stroeken
ISBN: 9781785339844 1785339842
OCLC Number: 1023489409
Description: ix, 316 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Divinatory societies --
The forest within --
Beyond Turner's watershed division --
Part II: Medicinal rule --
A Sukuma chief on medicine --
Endogenizing Vansina's equatorial tradition --
From cult to dynasty: Nilotic and Niger-Congo extensions --
Magic and the sole mode of production --
Tio shrines of the forest master --
Part III: The ceremonial state --
Kuba, Kongo and Buganda 'miracles': reversions in transition --
From divinatory to ceremonial state: narrative proof from Rwanda --
Conclusions: Reversible transitions.
Series Title: Methodology and history in anthropology, v. 35.
Responsibility: Koen Stroeken.

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Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison and a critical re-examination of classic monographs on some forty cultural groups, this volume makes the arresting claim that across equatorial Africa,  Read more...

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"Admirably clearly written... [the volume exhibits] high scholarship, methodological ingenuity, and sound use of history." David Parkin, University of Oxford

 
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