The Power of the Occult in Modern Africa

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James Kiernan (Ed.)

Continuity and Innovation in the Renewal of African Cosmologies

ISBN 978-3-8258-8761-8
Band-Nr. 4
Jahr 2006
Seiten 256
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Modernity and Belonging

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The occult is a framework of ideas and related practices that is drawn upon as
a common resource to provide an understanding of how an apparently random
world ‚really‘ works. Based mainly on experiential research in a range of
African societies, the essays in this volume examine the relevance of the
occult to a variety of social concepts and contexts. These studies stress
three features of the occult in modern Africa:

1) as an explanatory and tactical device, it is resilient;

2) it is malleable, with a capacity to absorb and assimilate new elements;

3) it is flexible and adaptable to emerging situations and novel circumstances.

Of interest to specialists in the fields of religion, social science and
African studies, this book also caters for the general reader interested
in the occult and its relevance to modernity and globalisation.