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eBook Along an African Border: Angolan Refugees and Their Divination Baskets (Contemporary Ethnography) ePub

by Sonia Silva

eBook Along an African Border: Angolan Refugees and Their Divination Baskets (Contemporary Ethnography) ePub
Author: Sonia Silva
Language: English
ISBN: 0812242939
ISBN13: 978-0812242935
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1st Edition edition (February 18, 2011)
Pages: 188
Category: New Age & Spirituality
Subcategory: Religios
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 834
Formats: azw txt mbr rtf
ePub file: 1881 kb
Fb2 file: 1869 kb

It is a tightly woven work that parallels the craftsmanship that Silva details in her study of divinatory baskets. -History of Religions. A thought-provoking study of the dynamics of divination in a refugee population seeking stability in a disrupted world through an ancient and effective 'way of knowing.

Silva documents the special processes involved in weaving the baskets and transforming them into oracles. To the Luvale, these baskets are capable of thinking, hearing, judging, and responding.

Yet the contemporary Angolan context of war, flight, and exile does not .

Yet the contemporary Angolan context of war, flight, and exile does not feature in the divination ceremonies. Of course Silva is right in stating that basket divination is "a centuries-old cultural practice, traditional by all definitions," but she could have given more attention to the changes within this tradition (p. 140).

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. 188, 37 illustrations.

Book Overview The baskets, known as lipele, contain sixty or so small articles, from.

The divination baskets of south Central Africa are woven for a specific purpose. The baskets, known as lipele, contain sixty or so small articles, from seeds, claws, and minuscule horns to wooden carvings. Each article has its own name and symbolic meaning, and collectively they are known as jipelo.

Angolan refugees and their divination baskets. Contemporary ethnography, Contemporary ethnography. Includes bibliographical references (p. -163) and index. Silva documents the special processes involved in weaving the baskets and transforming them into oracles.

The divination baskets of south Central Africa are woven for a specific purpose. The baskets, known as lipele, contain sixty or so small articles, from seeds, claws, and minuscule horns to wooden carvings. Each article has its own name and symbolic meaning, and collectively they are known as jipelo. For the Luvale and related peoples, the lipele is more than a container of souvenirs; it is a tool, a source of crucial information from the ancestral past and advice for the future.

In Along an African Border, anthropologist Sónia Silva examines how Angolan refugees living in Zambia use these divination baskets to cope with daily life in a new land. Silva documents the special processes involved in weaving the baskets and transforming them into oracles. She speaks with diviners who make their living interpreting lipele messages and speaks also with their knowledge-seeking clients. To the Luvale, these baskets are capable of thinking, hearing, judging, and responding. They communicate by means of jipelo articles drawn in configurations, interact with persons and other objects, punish wrongdoers, assist people in need, and, much like humans, go through a life course that is marked with an initiation ceremony and a special burial. The lipele functions in a state between object and person.

Notably absent from lipele divination is any discussion or representation in the form of symbolic objects of the violence in Angola or the Luvale's relocation struggles—instead, the consultation focuses on age-old personal issues of illness, reproduction, and death. As Silva demonstrates in this sophisticated and richly illustrated ethnography, lipele help people maintain their links to kin and tradition in a world of transience and uncertainty.

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