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Embodied ancestors: religious objects, moral actions and well-being in the Cameroon Western Grassfields

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dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-14T08:15:10Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-14T08:15:10Z
dc.date.issued 2020-02-14 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15107
dc.description.abstract In African spirituality, ancestor engagement with the community is always mediated through material objects. This article argues that materiality gives meaning and validity to the ancestral system. Ancestral objects are an embodiment of the ancestors or ancestral meaning-making, which links the visible community to the world of the spirits. However, ancestral objects also draw meaning and validation from those who inherit them, such as kings or titleholders who together with them connect the community to the spiritual source of well-being and vice versa. The article argues that such interplay is based on the material, religious and ritual conception of ancestral objects with their inheritors and the well-being of the community they represent. However, most studies on African religious art objects have focussed essentially on the symbolism behind ancestral objects and their motifs rather than on the interplay between ancestral objects and meaning-making in relation to community's well-being. This article sets out to examine this relation and other performative aspects associated with ancestral objects in the Cameroon Grassfields. It argues that Grassfields religious traditions are materially oriented in the way they shape human meaning-making and interpretation of reality, and represent ancestors as manifested reality and living-dead agents who are part of collective communal action. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher AOSIS Publishers en
dc.subject CAMEROON WESTERN GRASSFIELDS en
dc.subject AFRICAN SPIRITUALITY en
dc.subject RELIGION en
dc.subject ANCESTORS en
dc.title Embodied ancestors: religious objects, moral actions and well-being in the Cameroon Western Grassfields en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 75(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2019/20 en
dc.ResearchGroup Human and Social Development en
dc.SourceTitle HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies en
dc.PlaceOfPublication Cape Town en
dc.ArchiveNumber 11170 en
dc.PageNumber 1-8 en
dc.outputnumber 10279 en
dc.bibliographictitle Alubafi, M.F. & Kaunda, C.J. (2020) Embodied ancestors: religious objects, moral actions and well-being in the Cameroon Western Grassfields. <i>HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies</i>. 75(1):1-8. en
dc.publicationyear 2020 en
dc.contributor.author1 Alubafi, M.F. en
dc.contributor.author2 Kaunda, C.J. en


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