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The Sacred Void: Spatial Images of Work and Ritual among the Giriama of Kenya

Parkin, David

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991
ISBN 10: 0521404665 / ISBN 13: 9780521404662
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Titel: The Sacred Void: Spatial Images of Work and ...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Erscheinungsdatum: 1991

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good

Art des Buches: Used


Hardcover in good condition. Several marks and scores on lightly edgeworn dust jacket. Jacket is slightly creased on front lower edge. Pen on page block foot. Binding is intact, contents are clean and clear. AM. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 439076

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Inhaltsangabe: In this innovative study, David Parkin shows how indigenous African rites and beliefs may be reworked to accommodate a variety of economic systems, new spatial and ecological relations between communities, and the locally variable influences of Islam and Christianity. The Giriama people of Kenya include pastoralists living in the hinterland; farmers, who work land closer to the coast; and migrants, who earn money as labourers or fishermen on the coast itself. Wherever they live, they revere an ancient and formerly fortified capital, located in the pastoralist hinterland, which few of them ever see or visit. Their different perspectives sometimes conflict, but together provide a shifting idea of the sacred place. As the site of occasional large-scale ceremonies, moreover, the settlement becomes especially important at times of national crisis. It then acts as a moral core of Giriama society, and a symbolic defence against total domination and assimilation.

Rezension: 'Parkin's knowledge of East African societies is second to none ? As with his previous works, it contributes significantly to our understanding of the complexities of change in modern Africa.' Man

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