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Healing the exposed being: a South African Ngoma tradition

When: Tuesday, 31 October 2017 - Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
WiSER Seminar Room, 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
Start time:13:00

The Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and Wits University Press will launch a new book, Healing the Exposed Being, by Professor Robert Thornton.

The launch will include a discussion between Thornton and respondents Sinethemba Makhanya and Jonathan Stadler. In Healing the Exposed Being, Thornton presents new vocabulary and ontology for understanding fundamental concepts of a regional version of the ‘Ngoma’ cult, found throughout the Bantu language-speaking areas in Africa. He provides a more integrated anthropological account of beliefs and practices that have survived from pre-colonial to postcolonial times, describing them in their own terms rather than presenting them as a reflex of modernity or reaction to colonialism, or as a consequence of neoliberalism or other social, political, economic or historical factors. Thornton brings this local anthology and its therapeutic applications into relation with global academic anthropology by exploring it through political, economic, interpretive and ecological environmentalist lenses.


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