Africa

Knowledge for the Afterlife

$39.00

WHY THE AMDUAT IS SIGNIFICANT Every evening the sun becomes old and weak and finally sets behind the Western horizon. Yet, it rises again in the morning, rejuvenated. How is that possible? How could the sun for the Ancient Egyptians the Sungod become young and revitalized during the night, during his night journey? What happens during this time? The Amduat is a description of the journey of the Sungod through the nightworld, that is also the world of the deceased. The knowledge contained in the Amduat is meant for the dead Pharaoh. But the text also recommends this knowledge for living beings. Thus, the journey of the Sungod can also be seen as a symbolic representation of an inner psychic process of transformation and renewal.

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9783952260807
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The Trickster in West Africa: A Study of Mythic Irony and Sacred Delight (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions)

$31.95
The trickster appears in the myths and folktales of nearly every traditional society. Robert Pelton examines Ashanti, Fon, Yoruba, and Dogon trickster-figures in their social and mythical contexts and in light of contemporary thought, exploring the way the trickster links animality and ritual transformation; culture, sex, and laughter; cosmic process and personal history; divination and social change.
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9780520067912
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The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy, and the Order of Knowledge (African Systems of Thought)

$17.95

"... groundbreaking... clear, straightforward, and economical.... seminal... " ―American Anthropologist

"This is a challenging book... a remarkable contribution to African intellectual history." ―International Journal of African Historical Studies

"Mudimbe’s description of the struggles over Africa’s self-invention are vivid and rewarding. From Blyden to Sartre, Temples to Senghor, Mudimbe provides a bold and versatile resume of Africa’s literary inventors." ―Village Voice Literary Supplement

"... a landmark achievement in African studies."―Journal of Religion in Africa

In this unique and provocative book, Zairean philosopher and writer V. Y. Mudimbe addresses the multiple scholarly discourses that exist―African and non-African―concerning the meaning of Africa and being African.

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9780253204684
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