1st Edition

The Drums of Affliction A Study of Religious Processes Among the Ndembu of Zambia

By V. W. Turner Copyright 1968
    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this study of the Ndembu of Zambia, ritual is examined under two aspects: as a regulator of social relations over time and as a system of symbols. Social life is thereby given direction and meaning. An extended case-study of a series of ritual performances in the life of a single village community is analysed in order to estimate the effects of participation in these symbolic events on its component groups and personalities.

    1. Introduction

    2. Divination and Its Symbolism

    3. The Morphology of Rituals of Affliction

    4. Field Context and Social Drama

    5. The Social Setting of the Ritual Sequence

    6. A Performance of Ihamba Analysed

    7. NKang'a: Part 1

    8. Nkang'a Part 2

    9. Rituals and Social Processes