Perception of the Invisible

ISBN 978-3-89645-603-8

Perception of the Invisible

Religion, Historical Semantics and the Role of Perceptive Verbs

Edited by: Anne Storch. With contributions by: Keith Allan, Gratien G. Atindogbé, Heike Behrend, Roger M. Blench, Koen Bostoen, Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Sylvie Donnat, Anne-Maria Fehn, Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka, Gumma Ibrahim Gulfan, Johannes Harnischfeger †, Marcus Jaeger, Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer, Joseph Koni Muluwa, Anja Kootz, Françoise Labrique, Juan-Carlos Moreno García, Anne Storch, Yvonne Treis, Walter E.A. van Beek.

Series: SUGIA Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika, Volume 21

2010
393 pp.
14 coloured photos, 1 b/w photo, 5 maps, 3 coloured figures, 10 b/w figures, numerous tables
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 170 x 240 mm
830 g
Paperback
€ 39.80

CONTENTS

I. Representations of Invisible/Unseen Objects

Heike Behrend:
Electricity, Spirit Mediums and the Media of Spirits

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal:
Perception of the Living Dead and the Invisible Hand in Teso-Turkana

Sylvie Donnat:
Written Pleas to the Invisible World – Texts as Media between Living and Dead in Pharaonic Egypt

Johannes Harnischfeger:
Spiritual Warfare in Igboland, Southeast Nigeria

Joseph Koni Muluwa / Koen Bostoen:
Les plantes et l’invisible chez les Mbuun, Mpiin et Nsong (Bandundu, RD Congo)

Anja Kootz:
Imagination and its Readings in Ancient Egypt

Juan-Carlos Moreno García:
Oracles, Ancestor Cults and Letters to the Dead – The Involvement of the Dead in the Public and Private Family Affairs in Pharaonic Egypt


II. Social Organization and History

Keith Allan:
Taboos and Quirks of Human Behaviour

Gumma Ibrahim / Marcus Jaeger:
Invisible Bonds between Kordofan and Dongolawi Nubians According to Tagle Oral Traditions

Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer:
Bogon akolesa – Taboos of the Chala. “Why we shouldn’t do what we don’t do”

Françoise Labrique:
Percevoir le divin, selon le cycle des legends thébaines dans Ovide, Méthamorphoses III


III. Perceptive Preferences and the Categorization Patterns

Walter E.A. van Beek:
Eyes on Top? Culture and the Weight of the Senses

Roger M. Blench:
The Sensory World – Ideophones in Africa and Elsewhere

Evelyn Fogwe Chibaka:
The ‘Invisible’ Perception Verbs Comparison – In Mankon and Meta Succession-Induction Traditional Rites

Yvonne Treis:
Perception Verbs and Taste Adjectives in Kambaata and Beyond


IV. Language and Discourse

Gratien G. Atindogbé:
Naming the invisible in Bantu Languages of Cameroon – On the Semantic Coherence of Nominal Class Systems

Anne-Maria Fehn / Anne Storch:
Water and Inversion – African Conceptualization

Reviews

The volume testifies to the success of the Cologne International Conference in fulfilling its aims.

Stanislaw Pilaszewicz in Studies of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, 44/2010, pp. 122-126

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