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Title: Amagqirha. Religion, Magic and Medicine in Transkei
Description: (Cape Town: Via Afrika, 1981) 0799406406. . Signed by the author on the title page. 4to; original brown boards, lettered in white on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 126, incl. index; photographs in colour and monochrome; line drawings. Very good dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed and sunned, with trace of foxing to reverse; occasional light fox spot. Very good condition. 'We have all heard about "witchdoctors" or, to give them their rightful name, amagqirha, and are aware of the mystery and controversy that surround them. Despite scientific accounts, the amagqirha remain beyond the experience of most people. This book gives the story as told to Joan Broster by the amagqirha themselves. It has not been written from any particular point of view, nor from a background of specialized training, but with a clearness of perception born from love and rapport. In their own words, with the author as their interpreter, the amagqirha describe their calling and discuss the religious, magical and medicinal aspects of their profession. Joan Broster is in a unique position to write of these prominent members of the Xhosa nation, for she was born in Transkei and has lived most of her life in close contact with the tribal people. Her natural style of writing, her warmth and her modesty add to the fascination of the subject and ensure interesting reading.'.

Keywords: Copy. . . . . Eastern . Tribes. . Ethnology. . Customs. Costume. Material Culture. Tembu. Gcaleka. Pondo.

Price: GBP 27.50 = appr. US$ 39.27 Seller: Christison Rare Books
- Book number: 9822

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