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The Sorcerer's Burden

The Ethnographic Saga of a Global Family

  • Paul Stoller

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  3. Paris, 2000

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  4. Tillaberi, Niger 2000–2001

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  5. Niger/Paris 2001

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  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book

Introduction

This book emerges from the author's 35 years of research and thought about the Songhay people of Niger. This ethnographic novel follows the life of Omar Dia, the oldest son of a West African sorcerer. When his father falls ill and dies, the great sorcerer vomits a small metal chain onto his chest. Following the path of his ancestors, Omar swallows the chain, becoming his father's successor, which means that he takes on the sorcerer's burden. The book also describes how custodians of traditional knowledge are creatively adapting to the forces of globalization—all in a highly accessible narrative text.  

Keywords

African studies Niger Sorcery and Shamanism Literary anthropology African religions Ethnographic writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Paul Stoller
    • 1
  1. 1.West ChesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31805-9
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31804-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31805-9
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