SPIRITS, ISLAM AND IDEOLOGY: A STUDY OF A TUKULOR WEAVERS' SONG (DILLERE) BY Roy M. DILLEY (University of Aberdeen, Scotland) I This is a study of a systematic body of ideas and cosmology sur- rounding the activities of a group of weavers and praise-singers, the Tukulor mabu6e. In particular, I focus here on how some of these ideas are embedded in a weavers' song. The subject of craftsmen in Africa, particularly in the west of the continent and in parts of the Horn, is often associated with the concept of 'caste', since members of these specialised occupational groups are seen to be 'apart' or 'different from' the rest of the poplation in which they are located (see, for example, Hallpike 1968, Karsten 1972, Richter 1980, Todd 1977, Vaughan 1973). The problem of 'caste' in Africa is too large an issue to be discussed here, but the line of analysis I try to develop prefigures an approach which might usefully be employed in a later paper on the subject. Explanations vary widely about the existence of 'caste' groups, but few authors have focused systematically on the body of ideas and cosmology of the societies in which these artisan groups
Journal of Religion in Africa – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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