Introduction: Cassava Fields, Sacred Woods

Sarró Ramon

in The Politics of Religious Change on the Upper Guinea Coast

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635153
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653003 | DOI:
Introduction: Cassava Fields, Sacred Woods

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of African religious movements and iconoclasm, and then sets out the main theme of the book: the relationship between iconoclasm and political transformation. Iconoclasm in the coastal regions of Guinea, marginal to Islamic centres such as the Fouta Djallon or the Mande states in the hinterland, goes back a long way. This book focuses on that which took place between 1956 and 1957, and which was started by the Muslim preacher Asekou Sayon among Baga people and, particularly, among Baga Sitem, the ethno-linguistic sub-group among whom the author lived. This iconoclastic movement resulted in the abandonment of customary initiation and other mechanisms of religious learning.

Keywords: African religious movements; iconoclasm; political transformation; Guinea; Asekou Sayon; Baga

Chapter.  9953 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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