By Michael Banton
Because the easy questions of social constitution have been elucidated there got here a quickening of curiosity between social anthropologists within the examine of faith. Chapters during this publication comprise: · faith as a Cultural process (Clifford Geertz) · color type in Ndembu faith (Victor W. Turner) · faith: difficulties of Definition and clarification (Melford E. Spiro) · Fathers, Elders and Ghosts in Edo faith (R.E. Bradbury) · Territorial Groupings and Relgion one of the Iraqw (Edward H. Winter). First released in 1966.
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But for Somotro, his possession appeared to 41.. ~ The Weight ofthe Past have more personal than public relevance. He described his presence at the shrine as the result of a quest and the conunand of his spirit. Moreover, although to many others he was a kind of tragic, pathetic, or frightening figure, Somotro seemed to take his own condition quite matter-of-factly. For insiders at the shrine he was not so central. My friend had been somewhat critical of his divination, and in any case his was a private practice, conducted in the shrine village but not if it.
He had four sptrits-a Zafinifotsy Water-Dweller (Tongtonarivo), two sky spirits (tromba aliabo), and Ndramisara. Ndramisara was the one present from childhood, though he only spoke later. At the time, Somotro did not care about it (tsy maftahy). But the spirit made him sick and so he left Vohemar at age twenty-one for Diego and subsequently various oth~r places across the North in search of health. He worked as a steve~ore in o~e place and at a coffee and vanilla plantation elsewhere. "But my patron [that ts, Ndr~s ara] must not have wanted me to stay in those places," he said.
They rise more fi:equendy and stay longer. They are also more mobile; they parade around and interact with spectators whereas senior spirits are less voluble and much more stationarywaiting for supplicants to approach them. Junior spirits often display a humorous . braggadocio, whereas senior ones are relatively silent and stern. Junior spirits mirror their audience and demand recognition and response whereas senior ones are indifferent. Powerful tromba may refuse to rise in their mediums when called or appear only briefly, at the furthest hour of the night.
Anthropological Approaches to the Study of Religion by Michael Banton