Of Leopards and Leaders: Annang Society to 1909

David Pratten

in The Man-Leopard Murders

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625536
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670659 | DOI:
Of Leopards and Leaders: Annang Society to 1909

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This chapter discusses the constitution of Annang society and the intersections of corporate and individual modes of identification. It outlines the key elements of Annang personhood in relation to lineage, initiation and conceptions of the soul. It links the genealogy of shape-shifting beliefs and a shifting symbolic landscape to gendered and generational tensions wrought by a succession of changes from yams to slaves, and from slaves to palm oil, in local modes of production during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Finally, it examines the relationship between Christianity and colonialism in patterns of conquest and conversion within Annang society at the turn of the twentieth century.

Keywords: identification; Annang personhood; shape-shifting beliefs; Christianity; colonialism; conquest; religious conversion

Chapter.  25533 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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