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Mande Tricksters and Transformations: From Iconoclastic Preachers to Iconoclastic Politicians

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635153.003.0006
Mande Tricksters and Transformations: From Iconoclastic Preachers to Iconoclastic Politicians

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This chapter focuses on Asekou Sayon Kerra, the man who introduced the big upheavals among Baga. According to many, Sayon was ‘sent’ by Sékou Touré to destroy Baga cults because Touré was afraid of their ‘secret’. ‘He had to destroy the Baga in order for him to become strong’, a Baga man told the author in 2003. The chapter then discusses Sayon’s jihad; how the image of the hermetic hut works as a metaphor for the secrecy that pervaded much of Baga society, as well as for the closure Baga were experiencing in colonial times; the PDG’s efforts to destroy any sort of inequality or ‘feudalism’ by reversing the power of the old canton and village chiefs; and the Baga’s conversion to either Christianity or Islam.

Keywords: Asekou Sayon Kerra; Baga; jihad; Baga society; feudalism; inequality; PDG; Christianity; Islam

Chapter.  12067 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: African Studies

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