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Anlo-Land and Anlo-Ewe People

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234550
eISBN:
9780520936546
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234550.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter provides some general ethnographic background in order to familiarize readers with the people and lands of West Africa, specifically with the late-twentieth century southeastern Ghana, ... More


Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Steven M. Friedson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book on musical experience in African ritual focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. It presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ... More


Where Divine Horsemen Ride

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The coastal plains of the Volta Region are one of the poorest areas of Ghana. In Brekete shrines of West Africa, ancient rhythms move bodies in spectacular ways. The power of repetition, inscribed in ... More


Deadland

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In Ghana, ancestral souls may return to be reborn in succeeding generations, but this is not equivalent to the return of the unique human being that was and is now no more. That person, as the ... More


Burials

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Afa is not only the name of the god, but also that ancient divination system found throughout the Guinea Coast. It is all about possibility and paths, and thus the crossroads. Wherever you find the ... More


Southern Lands

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book reaches back over a period of fifteen years of working with Ewe shrines. Writing about the Ewe people is a notoriously difficult task, even though much has been written about them. There ... More


The Poured Gift

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Of all the animals sacrificed to the gods, cows are by far the most significant and expensive. It is the only time when the gods are taken from their kpomewo, gathered into a large basin, and brought ... More


Northern Gods

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This ethnography traces Ewe ritual life across the praxis of a northern medicine shrine that came to the Volta Region in the 1920s. These strangers in a southern land were part of a larger movement ... More


Opening the Door

in Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226265049
eISBN:
9780226265063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In this coda, the author narrates his experience with music and rituals conducted by the Ewe people in the Brekete shrine in Ghana. He talks about animal sacrifices to the northern gods such as Sakra ... More


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