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Àshe, traditional religion and healing in Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora : a classified international bibliography /
compiled by John Gray ; foreword by Robert Farris Thompson.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1989.
description
xx, 518 p. --
ISBN
0313265003 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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Book
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-12:
Gray, a culture historian and author of Blacks in Classical Music (CH, Dec '88), spent four years compiling this bibliography. Some of the 5,953 entries are listed in more than one of the classified sections, which are arranged by such topics as traditional religion, mythology, philosophy, traditional medicine and witchcraft, and geography (regions and countries within Africa and the diaspora). Many of the geographic sections are subdivided by ethnic groups, dieties, and other topics including divination, sacred music, and zombies. Each classified section is subdivided by type of material: books, dissertations, theses, articles in books, journals and newspapers, unpublished papers, and media. More newspaper and popular magazine articles and more films and videos are listed for regions outside Africa; English translations of European-language books are listed for Africa only. Most of the materials cited are written in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. There are a few titles in Yoruba, but other African languages are excluded. Addresses where media can be viewed or rented are included. There are indexes of authors, subjects, and ethnic groups. The bibliography was compiled at four libraries in New York City, including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which has a strong African collection. It appears that only books from these libraries that could be verified in the National Union Catalog were included. Religion is more thoroughly covered than traditional medicine and healing. Religion is better covered for West Africa than for other regions; classical ethnographic studies that include information on religion are missing for eastern and southern Africa. The author does not state criteria for selecting materials or the cutoff date for inclusion of entries. There is no list of serials analyzed. Since this bibliography is selective, the introduction should also address such issues as how media were chosen (although the emphasis is on research footage, films in the Encyclopedia Cinematographica collection at Pennsylvania State are not mentioned), why so few relevant monographs published by CEEBA (Bandundu, Zaire) are included for Zaire, and why a basic tool like the African Book Publishing Record is not included in the appendix on reference works. This bibliography will be useful for students preparing term papers and scholars starting research, but it will be of limited use for in-depth research because its method of compilation and scope of coverage are insufficiently defined. -N. J. Schmidt, Indiana University--Bloomington
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'œ. . . In this bibliography, Gray has focused on two major themes: traditional religion, whose roots cannot be traced to Islam, Christianity, or contemporary religious movements found in Africa today, and traditional medicine and healing rooted in African and black New World cultures. . . There are three indexes: ethnic group, subject, and author. The author has also supplied a list of mail-order services and bookstores. Librarians will wish to add this bibliography to existing works in the field . . . It is a fine and useful work.'' College and Research Libraries
'œGray, a culture historian and author of Blacks in Classical Music, spent four years compiling this bibliography. Some of the 5,953 entries are listed in more than one of the classified sections, which are arranged by such topics as traditional religion, mythology, philosophy, traditional medicine and witchcraft, and geography (regions and countries within Africa and the diaspora). Many of the geographic sections are subdivided by ethnic groups, dieties, and other topics including divination, sacred music, and zombies. Each classified section is subdivided by type of material: books, dissertations, theses, articles in books, journals and newspapers, unpublished papers, and media. More newspaper and popular magazine articles and more films and videos are listed for regions outside Africa; English translations of European-language books are listed for Africa only. Most of the materials cited are written in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. There are a few titles in Yoruba, but other African languages are excluded.'' Choice
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
This bibliography is the most comprehensive available on the subject of African and Afro-American traditional religion and healing. By covering works from 1760 to the present, this bibliography offers not only the most up-to-date information on the subject, but also the most complete bibliographic survey of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin religious traditions yet compiled. Researchers will be able to develop an understanding of one of the most important cultural components of the rapidly growing Caribbean population in the United States and an understanding of the tremendous growth of African-derived religious traditions in South America and their long-range sociopolitical ramifications.
Long Description
This bibliography is the most comprehensive available on the subject of African and Afro-American traditional religion and healing. By covering works from 1760 to the present, this bibliography offers not only the most up-to-date information on the subject, but also the most complete bibliographic survey of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin religious traditions yet compiled. Consequently, researchers will be able to begin to develop an understanding of one of the most important cultural components of the rapidly growing Caribbean population in the United States. Nearly 6,000 entries on all aspects of the black religious heritage cite, in seven different languages, the broadest range of media possible, e.g. films, videos, books, dissertations, unpublished papers, and periodical and newspaper articles. Included are sections on art, music, dance, and theatre, as well as a selected list of works on related topics such as trance and spirit possession, comparative religion, and glossolalia. Created with the researcher in mind, Ashe is divided into such general categories as regional studies, ethnic group studies, and a number of more specialized subject categories. This reference work will also offer a key to those interested in understanding the tremendous growth of African-derived religious traditions in South America and their long-range sociopolitical ramifications. For students and scholars of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Afro-America, whether they be anthropologists, sociologists, health care workers, ethnomusicologists, or historians, this bibliography offers a much needed resource guide to one of the most vital facets of black world culture.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Thompson Introduction African Traditional Religion General and Background Material African Traditional Religion
General Works Regional Studies West Africa Central Africa Southern Africa East Africa African Traditions in the Diaspora General and Background Material Religion in the Diaspora Regional Studies Mexico Latin America Central America South America The Caribbean United States
Reference Works
Archives and Research Centers Ethnic Index
Subject Index
Author Index
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