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Spirit Mediumship and Social Identity

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Possessed and the Dispossessed: Spirits, Identity, and Power in a Madagascar Migrant Town

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520080010
eISBN:
9780520918450
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520080010.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

Since tromba is a vital aspect of Sakalava culture, participation in tromba possession confirms tera-tany status. Strictly speaking, tera-tany and Sakalava are synonymous, yet the recent ... More


Music, Mediumship, and Religious Work

Marc Gidal

in Spirit Song: Afro-Brazilian Religious Music and Boundaries

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199368211
eISBN:
9780199368242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368211.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter examines the local belief that people can improve their lives by requesting assistance from supernatural entities, often through lively singing and drumming. Umbandists embrace notions ... More


Spirit Song: Afro-Brazilian Religious Music and Boundaries

Marc Gidal

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199368211
eISBN:
9780199368242
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368211.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book explains how a multi-faith community in Brazil uses music both to combine and segregate three Afro-Brazilian religions: Batuque, Umbanda, and Quimbanda. It is the first book-length study in ... More


Introduction

Marc Gidal

in Spirit Song: Afro-Brazilian Religious Music and Boundaries

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199368211
eISBN:
9780199368242
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368211.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter introduces the setting for the book’s analysis, the multi-faith and multi-ethnic religious community in greater Porto Alegre, Brazil. The community practices three Afro-Brazilian ... More


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