Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures

Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures : Double Trouble, Twice Blessed Double Trouble, Twice Blessed

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In Africa, where the birthrate of twins is among the highest in the world, twins can be seen as a burden to their families and a threat to the social order, or they can be seen as a gift from God and beings with unique abilities who bring about social harmony. Philip M. Peek and the contributors to this illuminating, multidisciplinary volume explore this rich cultural heritage by examining topics such as twins in artistic representation, twins and divination, and twins in performance, cosmology, religion, and popular culture.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 377 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253001633
  • 9780253001634

About Philip M Peek

Philip M. Peek is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Drew University. He is editor of African Divination Systems (IUP, 1991).show more

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Well-researched, well-presented, and theoretically informed. This volume displays a good range of themes as well as extensive geographical coverage.--Ferdinand de Jong, University of East Angliashow more