1st Edition

The Earth Shakers of Madagascar
An Anthropological Study of Authority, Fertility and Creation

ISBN 9780367716622
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
294 Pages

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Book Description

An analysis of how the complex rituals of Sahafatra culture are used to transform a once barren landscape into agricultural land.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, Note on Dialect, Transcription and Orthography, Prologue: Setting the Scene,  Introduction: The Wasteland, Its People and History, 1. The Bigger Picture: Background and Theory, 2. The Authority System in the Wasteland, 3. Competing Idioms of Power, 4. Testing: The Process of Becoming a Senior Panjaka, 5. The Potency of the Panjaka, 6. The 'Raising Up' of the Panjaka as Human Alchemy, 7. Funerary and Commemorative Practices, Conclusion: Composite Power and the Cult of Creation, Notes, Bibliography, Index

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