Lesley A. Sharp

in The Possessed and the Dispossessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080010
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918450 | DOI:

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This chapter reevaluates a number of assumptions that have been critical throughout this work. It has sought to explore the manner in which symbolic power may extend beyond the temporary realm of ritual. Thus, how might religious experience be politically charged and have long-term effects on everyday life? If one assumes the perspective of Ambanja's inhabitants, tromba possession is not a peripheral experience, but a significant force within indigenous culture. The significance of tromba can only fully be understood if it is explored in relation to indigenous notions of identity, which operate on personal, social, and cultural levels.

Keywords: power; ritual; possession; social status; Ambanja; tromba; culture; identity

Chapter.  1347 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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