On the East African coast, spirit possession is a vast and complex issue, and the focus here is essentially on a few aspects of the waganga’s (witch doctors) role within the exercise of local and regional power, and within the relationships with Islam during the colonial period in these two most important and influencing islands – Zanzibar and Pemba – in the history of the Indian Ocean in general, and within Swahili civilization. Accordingly, we wish to stress that anthropological, psychological, and ethnographical sources are functional to a better understanding of the role of charismatic figures such as the waganga within the exercise of power, especially during Omani and European presence along the islands and the littorals of Sub- Saharan East Africa.
|Titolo della pubblicazione ospite||Shackled Sentiments. Slaves, Spirits and Memories in the African Diaspora|
|Numero di pagine||23|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Pubblicato - 2019|
- Slaves, Africa, Spirit possession, Diaspora