Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Signs of the Spirit – Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life - Illinois Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Signs of the Spirit: Music and the Experience of Meaning in Ndau Ceremonial Life

Tony Perman


This book is an ethnography of spirit possession ceremonies and accompanying musical practices in the rural Ndau-speaking communities surrounding Chipinge, Zimbabwe. Collectively called madhlozi, these spirits are the “outsider spirits” of distant social encounters that have shaped Ndau identity and history. The purpose of this book is to explain how musicking during ceremonial life in rural Ndau communities in Zimbabwe is meaningfully experienced during a single spirit possession ceremony. It investigates the immediacy of musical experience and the ways in which the ongoing present of ceremon ... More

Keywords: Zimbabwe, spirituality, semiotics, ethnomusicology, ritual, emotion, affect, Ndau, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043253
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tony Perman, author
Grinnell College

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.