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African Voices, African Lives: Personal Narratives from a by Pat Caplan

By Pat Caplan

African Voices, African Lives explores the area of 'Mohammed', a swahili peasant residing on Mafia Island, Tanzania. via his personal phrases - a few written, a few spoken - and people of his kinfolk, together with his ex-wife and certainly one of his daughters, he permits us to work out the area via his eyes, together with the invisisble global of spirits which performs an important function in his existence. this data is collected by means of Pat Caplan, the anthropologist, over nearly 3 many years of conversing and writing to one another. She acts not just as translator and editor, but additionally as interpreter, bringing in her personal wisdom amassed from box info in addition to comparative fabric from different anthropological work.
by means of applying a mix of types - narrative and existence heritage, ethnographic statement, and the diary stored via Mohammed on the anthropologist's bequest, African Voices African Lives will make a massive contribution to present debates in anthropology by way of grappling with concerns raised via 'personal narratives', authorial authority, and with refexivity.

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She got sick, Asha, and it was the cultivation season. Around that time, Seleman had come to Mafia with his wife and child. So we told him about her trouble. And we decided to bring her back from her husband’s place. Seleman himself carried her, and he had a friend to help him. So they came along to my house at night to divine for her. They all came to look at her, and they made themselves possessed. When they were possessed, they said, ‘Our child is being eaten, but we do not know why. We do not know the people (makongwe) who have done this.

When you have planted it, it [eventually] starts bearing nuts. And you can either use the green coconuts, or get the ripe coconuts and make food, or else sell them and use the money to buy food, to get cash. Isn’t that what happens? P. Yes. M. ’ The child goes. ’ Or perhaps you are not able to go somewhere because of your health, you tell your child to take you. And if it’s a boy, he can carry you. And when he’s big, he can look after himself by going to the beach, and getting something to sell.

M. And out of all those, everyone except two have now died. Myself and my youngest sister. P. And when you are one of twins, what does that mean, actually? M. All-powerful God decrees that either two seeds (lit. ‘descendants’, dhuria) enter [the womb] at the same time, or that one enters after the other. And what people say is that the older one is the one who comes out first. P. So do twins resemble each other? M. It happens, but it’s a matter of chance. My sister and I were born of the same pregnancy, but she was a woman and I a man—so are we likely to resemble each other (kulingana)?

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