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Author Perman, Tony, 1973- author.

Title Signs of the spirit : music and the experience of meaning in Ndau ceremonial life / Tony Perman
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2020
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Contents Prologue: Music, Experience, Meaning. -- Part I. Foundations. -- Introduction: Finding Madhlozi in Chipinge -- Moving Signs: The Experience of Affective Semiosis -- Part II. Ceremony at Horus Farm -- Late Afternoon: Madzviti and the Foundation of Interpretation -- Evening: Zvipunha, Signs, and Transformative Experience -- Overnight: Mhongo and the Effects of Performance -- Early Morning: Zvaayungu and the Shaping of Ndau Modernity
Summary "In 2005, Tony Perman attended a ceremony alongside the living and the dead. His visit to a Zimbabwe farm brought him into contact with the madhlozi, outsider spirits that Ndau people rely upon for guidance, protection, and their collective prosperity. Perman's encounters with the spirits, the mediums who bring them back, and the accompanying rituals form the heart of his ethnographic account of how the Ndau experience ceremonial musicking. As Perman witnessed other ceremonies, he discovered that music and dancing shape the emotional lives of Ndau individuals by inviting them to experience life's milestones or cope with its misfortunes as a group. Signs of the Spirit explores the historical, spiritual, and social roots of ceremonial action and details how that action influences the Ndau's collective approach to their future. The result is a vivid ethnomusicological journey that delves into the immediacy of musical experience and the forces that transform ceremonial performance into emotions and community"-- Provided by publisher
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Subject Dance -- Zimbabwe
Drum -- Performance -- Zimbabwe
Music, Influence of -- Zimbabwe
Ndau (African people) -- Music -- History and criticism
Ndau (African people) -- Social life and customs
Rites and ceremonies -- Zimbabwe
Spirit possession -- Zimbabwe
Spiritualism -- Zimbabwe
Drum -- Performance.
Music, Influence of.
Rites and ceremonies.
Spirit possession.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019052273
ISBN 0252052137