Book ID: CBB817734400

Medicinal Rule: A Historical Anthropology of Kingship in East and Central Africa (2018)


Stroeken, Koen (Author)

Berghahn Books

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 328
Language: English

As soon as Europeans set foot on African soil, they looked for the equivalents of their kings – and found them. The resulting misunderstandings have lasted until this day. Based on ethnography-driven regional comparison and a critical re-examination of classic monographs on some forty cultural groups, this volume makes the arresting claim that across equatorial Africa the model of rule has been medicine – and not the colonizer’s despotic administrator, the missionary’s divine king, or Vansina’s big man. In a wide area populated by speakers of Bantu and other languages of the Niger-Congo cluster, both cult and dynastic clan draw on the fertility shrine, rainmaking charm and drum they inherit.

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Authors & Contributors
Webel, Mari K.
Meulenbeld, G. Jan
Bruchhausen, Walter
Roelcke, Volker
Crozier, Anna
Baronov, David
Journal of Southern African Studies
Health and History
Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology
Social History of Medicine
History and Technology
History of Psychiatry
Egbert Forsten
I. B. Tauris
Temple University Press
Akal Ediciones
Columbia University
Boston University
Medicine, traditional
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Science and politics
Great Britain, colonies
East Africa
East Asia
Southeast Asia
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century

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