Fusion of the Worlds

Stoller Paul
This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies.--Choice Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence.... Read More
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This ethnography is more like a film than a book, so well does Stoller evoke the color, sight, sounds, and movements of Songhay possession ceremonies.--Choice

Stoller brilliantly recreates the reality of spirit presence; hosts are what they mediate, and spirits become flesh and blood in the 'fusion' with human existence. . . . An excellent demonstration of the benefits of a new genre of ethnographic writing. It expands our understanding of the harsh world of Songhay mediums and sorcerers.--Bruce Kapferer, American Ethnologist

A vivid story that will appeal to a wide audience. . . . The voices of individual Songhay are evident and forceful throughout the story. . . . Like a painter, [Stoller] is concerned with the rich surface of things, with depicting images, evoking sensations, and enriching perceptions. . . . He has succeeded admirably. --Michael Lambek, American Anthropologist

Events (ceremonies and life histories) are evoked in cinematic style. . . . [This book is] approachable and absorbing--it is well written, uncluttered by jargon and elegantly structured.--Richard Fardon, Times Higher Education Supplement

Compelling, insightful, rich in ethnographic detail, and worthy of becoming a classic in the scholarship on Africa.--Aidan Southall, African Studies Review

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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 0226775445
ISBN-13 9780226775449
GTIN-13 9780226775449
GTIN-14 09780226775449
Subtitle An Ethnography of Possession Among the Songhay of Niger
Author Stoller Paul
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 268
Publication Date Jul 9, 1989
Dimension 6.26 in 9.27 in 0.85 in