Ancestors, Power and History in Madagascar (Studies of Religion in Africa #20) (Hardcover)

By Maurice Bloch (Contribution by), Jennifer Cole (Contribution by), Sandra Evers (Contribution by)

Brill, 9789004112896, 362pp.

Publication Date: May 31, 1999

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The peoples of Madagascar are renowned for the prominence they give to the dead. In this edited volume, regional specialists reassess the significance of ancestors for changing relations of power, emerging identities, and local historical consciousness.
Case-studies include The Royal Bath of 1817 (Pier Larson), Succession in an Urbanized Sakalava Kingdom (Lesley Sharp), The Antankara a Ritual Cycle (Michael Lambek, Andrew Walsh), Nineteenth-Century Norwegian Missionary Culture (Karina Hestad Skeie), Sacrifice on the East Coast (Jennifer Cole), Violence among the Zafimaniry (Maurice Bloch), and Circumcision and Colonialism in the South (Karen Middleton).
Three further chapters present original research on slavery, memory, and cultural politics in the Highlands (Sandra Evers, David Graeber, Fran oise Raison-Jourde). Diversity and complexity make this volume a valuable addition to the literature on ritual and religion.

About the Author

Karen Middleton, D.Phil. (1988) in Anthropology, University of Oxford, is the author of several articles on the culture and history of the Karembola of southern Madagascar.