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Ngoma: Discourses of Healing in Central and Southern Africa

John Janzen


Ngoma, in Bantu, means drum, song, performance, and healing cult or association. A widespread form of ritual healing in Central and Southern Africa, it is fully investigated here for the first time and interpreted in a contemporary context. This book's study incorporates drumming and spirit possession into a broader, institutional profile that emphasizes the varieties of knowledge and social forms and also the common elements of “doing ngoma.”? Drawing on recent field research in Kinshasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Mbabane, and Capetown, the book reveals how ngoma transcends national and social boundarie ... More

Keywords: ngoma, Bantu, drum, song, performance, healing, spirit possession, affliction, extended counseling, self-help institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780520072657
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520072657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Janzen, author