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Human Spirits: A Cultural Account of Trance in Mayotte

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Based on intensive ethnographic fieldwork, this book describes and interprets trance behaviour among the Malagasy speakers of Mayotte, a small island in the Comoro Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa. Professor Lambek describes how the people of Mayotte (most often women) enter into trances, during which they believe their bodies are inhabited by spirits. He then analyses the conventions for behaviour in trance and the process by which the individuals come to terms with the spirits in their midst. ...

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Human Spirits: A Cultural Account of Trance in Mayotte
1981, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521282550

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Human Spirits: A Cultural Account of Trance in Mayotte
1981, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521238441

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