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

393 pp.
5 maps, 14 colour photos, 1 b/w photo, 3 colour figures, 10 b/w figures, numerous tables and charts
Text language(s): English, French
Format: 170 x 240 mm
830 g
€ 69.80

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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


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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, 122-126

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