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Signs of the spirit : music and the experience of meaning in Ndau ceremonial life

Author: Tony Perman
Publisher: Urbana ; Chicago ; Springfield University of Illinois Press [2020] © 2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 2005, Tony Perman attended a ceremony alongside the living and the dead. His visit to a Zimbabwe farm brought him into contact with the madhlozi, outsider spirits that Ndau people rely upon for guidance, protection, and their collective prosperity. Perman's encounters with the spirits, the mediums who bring them back, and the accompanying rituals form the heart of his ethnographic account of how the Ndau  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Perman, Tony, 1973-.
Signs of the spirit.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2020
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Perman
ISBN: 9780252085178 0252085175 9780252043253 0252043251
OCLC Number: 1193280752
Description: viii, 269 Seiten : Illustrationen, Notenbeispiele ; 23 cm
Contents: Prologue: Music, Experience, Meaning. --
Part I. Foundations. --
Introduction: Finding Madhlozi in Chipinge --
Moving Signs: The Experience of Affective Semiosis --
Part II. Ceremony at Horus Farm --
Late Afternoon: Madzviti and the Foundation of Interpretation --
Evening: Zvipunha, Signs, and Transformative Experience --
Overnight: Mhongo and the Effects of Performance --
Early Morning: Zvaayungu and the Shaping of Ndau Modernity.
Responsibility: Tony Perman.

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"In 2005, Tony Perman attended a ceremony alongside the living and the dead. His visit to a Zimbabwe farm brought him into contact with the madhlozi, outsider spirits that Ndau people rely upon for guidance, protection, and their collective prosperity. Perman's encounters with the spirits, the mediums who bring them back, and the accompanying rituals form the heart of his ethnographic account of how the Ndau experience ceremonial musicking. As Perman witnessed other ceremonies, he discovered that music and dancing shape the emotional lives of Ndau individuals by inviting them to experience life's milestones or cope with its misfortunes as a group. Signs of the Spirit explores the historical, spiritual, and social roots of ceremonial action and details how that action influences the Ndau's collective approach to their future. The result is a vivid ethnomusicological journey that delves into the immediacy of musical experience and the forces that transform ceremonial performance into emotions and community"--.

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"A thoughtful application of Peircean semiotics to the musical rendering of spirit mediumship. With his ethnographic finesse and attentive listening, Tony Perman leads us through a spirit possession Read more...

 
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