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Remains of Ritual: Northern Gods in a Southern Land

Steven M. Friedson


This book on musical experience in African ritual focuses on the Brekete/Gorovodu religion of the Ewe people. It presents a multifaceted understanding of religious practice through a historical and ethnographic study of one of the dominant ritual sites on the southern coast of Ghana: a medicine shrine whose origins lie in the northern region of the country. Each chapter considers a different aspect of ritual life, demonstrating throughout that none of them can be conceived of separately from their musicality—in the Brekete world, music functions as ritual and ritual as music. Dance and possess ... More

Keywords: ritual, Brekete/Gorovodu religion, Ewe people, Ghana, shrine, music, dance, possession, animal sacrifice, chanted calls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226265049
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226265063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven M. Friedson, author