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Tracing Wild’s Child Joe and Tracking the Hunter: An Examination of the Òrìsà Ochossi in <i>Jazz</i>

K. Zauditu-Selassie

in African Spiritual Traditions in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033280
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039060 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033280.003.0008
Tracing Wild’s Child Joe and Tracking the Hunter: An Examination of the Òrìsà Ochossi in Jazz

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This chapter examines the manifestation of Òrìsà Ochossi in Toni Morrison's novel Jazz. It explains Morrison's use of a set of distinctive epic characteristics and construction of the concept of spirituality as the matrix for text, context and ritual performance in this novel. It explores the transmigration of soul and spirit through the main character Joe Trace's quest for fulfilment.

Keywords: Toni Morrison; Jazz; Òrìsà Ochossi; spirituality; ritual performance; transmigration; soul; spirit; fulfilment

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Subjects: Literature

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