Between God, the Dead and the Wild

Between God, the Dead and the Wild : Chamba Interpretations of Ritual and Religion

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Based on observations in two West African villages - one a traditionally uncentralised community in contemporary Nigeria, the other a small chiefdom in Cameroon - this study shows that despite basic presuppositions regarding various types of being, the beliefs of the two groups manifest themselves in quite different ways. Focusing particularly on Chamba conceptions of people, masks and cults, Richard Fardon applies contemporary social theory to Chamba religion and shows how particular individuals integrate their concerns with notions of human purpose, the agricultural cycle and the values of the wilds.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 24mm | 467g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 18 illustrations, appendices
  • 0748602844
  • 9780748602841

Table of contents

Protestations of ignorance? Or, things left unsaid?; ways of being: the living, the dead, the wild and god; Jup: the Mapeo variant of cult; Lera and v(c)ma: the Yeli variant; the human span; the annual round; the animate wild; inanimate wilderness, and the nature of things; the new religions of god; god and the dead: locating the unknown.
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About Richard Fardon

Richard Fardon is Professor of West African Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
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