Medicinal Rule (eBook)
A Historical Anthropology Of Kingship In East And Central Africa
Sobre o livro
As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings and found them. The resulting misunderstandings last until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison and a critical re-examination of classic monographs on some forty cultural groups, this volume makes the arresting claim that across equatorial Africa the model of rule has been medicine and not the colonizers despotic administrator, the missionarys divine king, or Vansinas big man. In a wide area populated by speakers of Bantu and other languages of the Niger-Congo cluster, both cult and dynastic clan draw on the fertility shrine, rainmaking charm and drum they inherit.