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    DescriptionThe Agwu is the Igbo patron deity of health and divination, and one of the basic Igbo theological concepts employed to explain good and evil, health and sickness, wealth and poverty, and fortune and misfortune. Belief in the Agwu was widespread in thepast. Most communities had some Agwu people, who were considered victims of its malignant powers or recipients of its positive influences, such as priest-diviners and physicians. This books analyses this belief system in past and present times, and posits the view that it still exists but to a lesser degree or in a modified forms. The author conducted his research through personal interviews and observer-participant methods. Themes range from beliefs about the Agwu deity through the rites and initiation into Agwu cult, to the guild of diviners and traditional healers. The six chapters cover: supernaturalism and disease causation; the anthropocentricity of Agwu; art and symbol in the Agwu cult; the rites of Dibia initiation; significance and consequences of Dibia initiation; and Agwu therapeutic forces in a time perspective.

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    Changing Public / Private Partnerships in the African Book Sector
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Paul Brickhill, Edited by Chris Chirwa
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 191 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 500 g
    ISBN 13: 9789201780560
    ISBN 10: 9201780567

    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1H
    BIC subject category V2: KNTP
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27530
    BIC subject category V2: 1H
    DC22: 070.5096
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    01 January 2006
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