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The Spirit and the Drum - a Memoir of Africa
The Spirit and the Drum - a Memoir of Africa
Turner, Edith

University of Arizona Press Tucson, 1987. Very nice condition, dustwrapper spine faded, name written on front endpaper leaf.

Anthropologist Edith Turner lived among the Ndembu of southern Africa for many years, conducting fieldwork with husband and colleague Victor Turner. Living in simple huts with three young children, Edith herself participated in Ndembu spirit ceremonies to the extent that she understood what it is to 'think in the African way.' This is her highly personal memoir of her experiences that recreates the ritual and ceremonial life of the Ndembu people. The Spirit and the Drum gracefully captures the drama of raising a family in unfamiliar surroundings, the frank sexuality that animates Ndembu rites of passage, and Turner's difficult education in patterns of African life and thought. Unique in its focus on actual rituals, her book documents a moment in time that has passed for the Ndembu and enriches our understanding of human behaviour...

Second hand Hardback