Title: 'Every name has its path': imagining and realizing Fulbe's entanglement in a Moose community
Authors: Breusers, Mark # ×
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Series Title: Africa vol:82 issue:3 pages:457-478
Abstract: In the north-central region of Burkina Faso, Moose infants sometimes are given a Fulbe name. Interpretations of this practice, for instance in terms of the parents’ attempt to deceive ‘bad’ spirits or witches by symbolically placing the infant outside society, usually fit an understanding of Moose-Fulbe relations in terms of discontinuity and disconnection, of Moose society as intrinsically different and separate from Fulbe society – an understanding conveyed in historiography and ethnography of the region. This article explores an alternative interpretation of Fulbe’s involvement in Moose name giving practices, pointing to continuity and interconnectedness rather than discontinuity and disconnection. It is argued that ideas about the other world allow imagining an extension of Moose societal relations beyond conventional boundaries of Moose communities, an extension that can then subsequently be realized in practice through the establishment of spiritual kinship relations.
ISSN: 0001-9720
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
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