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Remains of Ritual

Steven M. Friedson

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780226265049
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226265063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.001.0001
Remains of Ritual

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This book on musical experience in African ritual focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. It presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose origins lie in the northern region of the country. Each chapter considers a different aspect of ritual life, demonstrating throughout that none of them can be conceived of separately from their musicality—in the Brekete world, music functions as ritual and ritual as music. Dance and possession, chanted calls to prayer, animal sacrifice, the sounds and movements of wake keeping, the play of the drums, all come under careful scrutiny, as does the author's own position and experience within this ritual-dominated society.

Keywords: ritual; Brekete/Gorovodu religion; Ewe people; Ghana; shrine; music; dance; possession; animal sacrifice; chanted calls

Book.  272 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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Southern Lands in Remains of Ritual

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Northern Gods in Remains of Ritual

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Brekete Pantheon in Remains of Ritual

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Salah! Salah! in Remains of Ritual

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The Poured Gift in Remains of Ritual

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Deadland in Remains of Ritual

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Burials in Remains of Ritual

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Opening the Door in Remains of Ritual

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