Nadel, S. F. (Siegfried Frederick), 1903-1956. Nupe religion

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Title: Nupe religion

Published By: London: Routledge & Paul, 1954. x, 288 p., 16 plates: ill.

By line: by S. F. Nadel

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2014. Computer File

Culture: Nupe (FF52)

Subjects: Religious beliefs (770); Revelation and divination (787); Organized ceremonial (796); Puberty and initiation (881); Magic (789); Magical and mental therapy (755); Medical therapy (757); Sorcery (754); Religious denominations (795); Congregations (794); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);

Abstract: This source is primarily a functional study of the religious life of the Nupe. The theology of the group is discussed thoroughly, then the ceremonial life, including rites of passage. Medical and mental therapies are next described. Finally, witchcraft and the measures against it are covered. This material is handled without reference to Islam in order to clarify the aboriginal situation. The final chapters take up the Islamization of Nupe and the practice of Islam within the tribe, and deal with the effects of other religions on Nupe as well. A section is also included on divination.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: ff52-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1934-1936

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1934-1936

Coverage Place: Bida Emirate, Niger state, Nigeria

LCSH: Nupe (African people)--Religion.


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