John Stevenson Hall: Religion, Myth and Magic in Tangale [PDF]


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WeStu Westafrikanische Studien Volume 5

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XX, 217 pp.

Text language: English

The present monograph is the careful edition of an unpublished manuscript by the missionary Rev. John Stevenson Hall (1883–1953) on the religion of the Tangale and related topics. Hall worked with the Tangale, an ethnic group in Bauchi State in north-eastern Nigeria, between 1917 and 1933. He was very interested in linguistics and ethnographics, and his heritage included detailed records of his informants’ reports.

This study represents a rich source of information on the history, religion, rites, healing, belief, and the general world-view of an ethnic group. It is also a documentation of a spiritual world which is being increasingly superseded.

Under these links you will find further studies of traditional healing practices in Africa and Asia, on West African history and descriptions of Bole-Tangale languages:

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