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Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Tony Perman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book is an ethnography of spirit possession ceremonies and accompanying musical practices in the rural Ndau-speaking communities surrounding Chipinge, Zimbabwe. Collectively called madhlozi, ... More


Culture in Chaos: An Anthropology of the Social Condition in War

Stephen C. Lubkemann

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226496412
eISBN:
9780226496436
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226496436.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

Fought in the wake of a decade of armed struggle against colonialism, the Mozambican civil war lasted from 1977 to 1992, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives while displacing millions more. As ... More


Introduction: Finding Madhlozi in Chipinge

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The chapter introduces the Ndau communities at the center of this ethnography, the spirits who populate local ceremonial life, and the histories behind their emergence. The passage of ceremonial ... More


Late Afternoon: Madzviti and the Foundation of Interpretation

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The chapter introduces the madzviti spirits of nineteenth-century Gaza Nguni warriors. Emphasizing the reality of semiotic objects, I explore the histories behind the madzviti’s emergence and the ... More


Evening: Zvipunha, Signs, and Transformative Experience

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The chapter addresses zvipunha spirits and signs of transformative experience, focusing explicitly on the here and now and the efficacy of musicking in reifying the emotional and spiritual ... More


Overnight: Mhongo and the Effects of Performance

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The chapter explores emotional experience via attention to mhongo spirits, possession, and the effects of musical performance. It compares multiple performances in order to demonstrate how ceremonial ... More


Early Morning: Zvaayungu and the Shaping of Ndau Modernity

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In its analysis of young zvaayungu spirits, the chapter looks to the future and the possibility of forming new habits and semiotic domains. Zvaayungu only emerged after Zimbabwe achieved independence ... More


Epilogue

Tony Perman

in Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780252043253
eISBN:
9780252052132
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The epilogue shows that ceremonial traditions do not thrive simply because custom is resilient or because the so-called structures from which they emerge are fixed, but because they provide hope. ... More


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