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Dreaming, Religion and Society in Africa (Marian Charles Jedrej Rosalind Shaw (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1992) 9789004089365
Dreaming, Religion and Society in Africa (Marian Charles Jedrej Rosalind Shaw (eds)) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 1992) 9789004089365
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Title: Dreaming, Religion and Society in Africa

Author: Jedrej, Marian Charles Rosalind Shaw (eds)

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1992

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004089365

Volumes: 1; Pages: viii, 196

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The contributors to this investigation of dreaming in a diversity of African cultures and settings have each approached the matter with a respect for an indigenous discourse which does not necessarily subscribe to Western evaluations of the objective and subjective. The matter of dreaming is not so much a psychological constant as ultimately sociological and historical.Dream discourse as a strategy deploys contingencies in the elaboration of social relationships and the defence, restoration and promotion of identities. Dreaming is therefore prominent in such critical settings as sickness and healing, artistic inspiration and craftwork, election to religious office, conversion to Islam or Christianity.CONTENTSPreface and acknowledgements Introduction: dreaming, religion and society in Africa Dreams and the Constitution of Self among the Zezuru Dreaming as Accomplishment: power, the individual and Temne divination Dreams of Grandeur: the call to the office in northcentral Igbo religious leadership Dreams, Inspiration and Craftwork among Tukolor Weavers Berti Dream Interpretation Dreams among the Yansi Ingessana Dreaming Dreams and Visions from Nineteenth Century Yoruba Religion Private Dreams and Public Knowledge in a Camerounian Independent Church Dreams in African Churches Afterword Index
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