Beattie, John. Group aspects of the Nyoro spirit mediumship cult

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Title: Group aspects of the Nyoro spirit mediumship cult

Published in: Rhodes-Livingstone journal -- Vol. 30

Published By: Rhodes-Livingstone journal -- Vol. 30 Lusaka, Zambia: Published for the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute by the Manchester University Press, 1961. 11-38 p.

By line: by John Beattie

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Banyoro (FK11)

Subjects: Spirits and gods (776); Revelation and divination (787); Magicians and diviners (791); Congregations (794);

Abstract: Beattie examines a spirit possession cult, which he regards as the traditional religion of Bunyoro. The cult is based on a pantheon of beneficial spirits, who are the ancestors of a spiritually powerful race of people (CWEZI) that ruled the country in an early dynasty. The Cwezi mysteriously disappeared after a few generations, however, they left behind a cult through which to tap their genius. Each of the nineteen Cwezi spirits has a unique personality and competence, in regard to such concerns as twins, household affairs, lightening, journeys, rain, and herds. Clans are associated with one or another of the spirits, although the original Nyoro group cult was based on the household, promoting its health, prosperity, and fertility. Beattie discusses recruitment, initiation, and training of diviners, and sTances. He also discusses a class of foreign 'black' spirits, which have emerged in the colonial period.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: fk11-005

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 38)

Field Date: 1951-1955

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: 1951-1955

Coverage Place: Western Province, Uganda

LCSH: Nyoro (African people)


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