Spear Masters

Spear Masters

Spear Masters contends that in Africa there exists only one religion with a vast array of "denominations.

Author: Molefi Kete Asante

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 0761835741

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Spear Masters contends that in Africa there exists only one religion with a vast array of "denominations." African religion is expressed in a different way by each of the denominations, which creates confusion for those who believe that there are more than one African religion. Spear Masters presents information about some of the larger and most significant expressions of the sole African religion, so that the reader will understand the relationship between God the creator and the notions of the relationship with the family and community. The term "spear master" relates to the integrity and ethics that had to accompany the maker and user of the spear in ancient African societies. The essence of religion presented in Spear Masters is the deification of one's society and nation, and making sacred the traditions and rituals of the ordinary lives of the people.
Categories: Religion

Purity and Danger

Purity and Danger

Spearmasters may be possessed by the divinity; the sacrifices they perform and
blessings they give are more ... The doctrine underlying the ritual of their death is
that the spearmaster's life should not be allowed to escape with his last breath ...

Author: Professor Mary Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136489273

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Purity and Danger is acknowledged as a modern masterpiece of anthropology. It is widely cited in non-anthropological works and gave rise to a body of application, rebuttal and development within anthropology. In 1995 the book was included among the Times Literary Supplement's hundred most influential non-fiction works since WWII. Incorporating the philosophy of religion and science and a generally holistic approach to classification, Douglas demonstrates the relevance of anthropological enquiries to an audience outside her immediate academic circle. She offers an approach to understanding rules of purity by examining what is considered unclean in various cultures. She sheds light on the symbolism of what is considered clean and dirty in relation to order in secular and religious, modern and primitive life.
Categories: Social Science

The Role of Southern Sudanese People in the Building of Modern Sudan

The Role of Southern Sudanese People in the Building of Modern Sudan

Every Dinka ' tribal ' group , for example , had members from several different sub
- clans of spearmasters . If the prestige and reputation of any one of these
spearmasters from any of the sub - clans increased then this would in the course
of ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000044703316

Category: Nationalism

Page: 146

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Categories: Nationalism

The Nuer Conquest

The Nuer Conquest

This is due to the fact that “ every tribe contains members of several different
subclans of spearmasters ” ( Lienhardt , 1958 ... Matrilateral relationships
between subtribal founding lines of spearmaster and warrior subclans -
envisioned in the ...

Author: Raymond Case Kelly

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472080563

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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A study of Nuer expansionism with implications for research into the relationship between social and material causes of change
Categories: Social Science

Syncretism and Christian Tradition

Syncretism and Christian Tradition

These ritual leaders— called spear- masters or masters of the fishing spear—
pushed their long weapons toward the bull to taunt him, then pulled back. They
repeated their taunting over and over as the bull became increasingly agitated, ...

Author: Ross Kane

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780197532195

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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"Studying the history of syncretism's use indicates wider interpretative problems in religious studies and theology regarding race and revelation. It also indicates the importance of seeing "tradition" as adaptive and amalgamating rather than static. In theology and religious studies alike, discourses of syncretism are positioned within racialized perceptions which construct a center and periphery based upon white European knowledge. In Christian theology more specifically, syncretism's use also shows ways that theologians try to protect the category of divine revelation from human interference, leading to interpretative problems that sidestep material history"--
Categories: Religion

I Will Go the Distance

I Will Go the Distance

In a very short time, he became even richer than the Spearmaster. Yet he was not
satisfied and wanted Jiel Longar to make him as divine as himself. The
Spearmaster told him that it was something he could not do. “Only Nyialic God/
Divinity ...

Author: Jacob J. Akol

Publisher: Paulines Publications Africa

ISBN: 9789966080615

Category: Dinka (African people)

Page: 288

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Categories: Dinka (African people)

Encyclopedia of religion

Encyclopedia of religion

The various accounts of how the spear masters first appeared agree that in the
beginning there was a spirit or ancestor called Aiwel Longar (born, some say,
after the river impregnated a human woman). Aiwel Longar was powerful and ...

Author: Lindsay Jones

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN: UOM:39015059251259

Category: Religion

Page: 610

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Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.
Categories: Religion

Moral Relativism

Moral Relativism

These leaders , called the spearmasters , would each be placed in a specially
dug hole . He would then have cattle dung heaped upon him until he suffocated
to death . 26 Consider the same act in a different context – in contemporary
London ...

Author: Neil Levy

Publisher: Oneworld Publications Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111041427

Category: Philosophy

Page: 227

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This enlightening new introduction examines the history and development of moral relativism, considering the arguments for and against, and also covering such key topics as terrorism, and the rights of women in oppressive cultures.
Categories: Philosophy

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford

... in Godfrey ' s discussion of the Dinka spearmasters . Over the years I wrote
about this in some detail , but it was only when my writing was completed ( and
my manuscript in the hands of the publishers ) that he remarked , somewhat
casually ...

Author: Anthropological Society of Oxford

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015075726714

Category: Anthropology

Page:

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Categories: Anthropology

Reborn in the Light

Reborn in the Light

Spearmasters are said to be in touch with the life force itself and represent the life
of Dinka society and the Dinka people as a whole . The problem is , how can a
mortal person hope to continually embody the life force ? How does he die ?

Author: Cherie Sutherland

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553569805

Category: Religion

Page: 302

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Examining the effects of the near-death phenomenon and what survivors have come to believe about life, a collection of case stories offers their messages of hope, peace, joy, and life after life. Reprint.
Categories: Religion

Readings in Ritual Studies

Readings in Ritual Studies

Spearmasters may be possessed by the di - work , all these can do something to
... their death is that the tialists whose escape from the chain of necessity lies
spearmaster ' s life should not be allowed to escape only in the exercise of choice
.

Author: Ronald L. Grimes

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: UVA:X004105426

Category: Religion

Page: 577

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This is the most comprehensive collection of articles on ritual ever assembled. The book includes selections by internationally known scholars such as Victor Turner and Clifford Geertz, as well as innovative piece s that illustrate the extraordinary interdisciplinary range of contemporary ritual studies. Grimes has drawn readings from the entire range of ritual--encompassing its secular, political and dramatic expressions as well as its religious ones.
Categories: Religion

Bioethics Across Borders

Bioethics Across Borders

The spearmasters were thought to possess more life in them than was necessary
to sustain them only . In his interpretation of this tradition , Kekes cites some
considerations that must be borne in mind if one is to properly understand the ...

Author: Chikezie Onuoha

Publisher:

ISBN: 9155468691

Category: Bioethics

Page: 338

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Categories: Bioethics

Contagion

Contagion

When present at a sacrifice , spearmasters will quiver like the animals being
killed . Spearmasters do not take part in fights and should avoid the sight of blood
. They are the guardians of the truth . The Nuer share some of their divinities with
 ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X030198237

Category: Imitation

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Categories: Imitation

Part of the Proceedings of the Conference on the Nationalist Movement in the Sudan Held on 8 15 January 1986

Part of the Proceedings of the Conference on the Nationalist Movement in the Sudan  Held on 8 15 January 1986

In Dinka religion , the spearmaster's clans constitute the religious and political
leadership . They derive their ... of Dinka religion . Members of the spearmasters
clans had the power to bless and curse , so they were both respected and feared
.

Author: Mahasin Abdel Gadir Hag Al- Safi

Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X004030293

Category: Nationalism

Page: 438

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Categories: Nationalism

Body and Space

Body and Space

From the present perspective , the more significant passages in the many myths
accounting for the origin of spear masters in Dinka thought are those which draw
attention to the co - generation of the spiritual power ring . Lienhardt ( 1961 : 143
) ...

Author: Anita Jacobson-Widding

Publisher: Coronet Books Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005132423

Category: Social Science

Page: 348

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Categories: Social Science

Journal of Religion in Africa

Journal of Religion in Africa

... usually under a tree . 5 . An Agar Dinka pastor , Rev . Abraham Mayom Athiaan
, estimates that three quarters of the baany bith traditional spear masters of the
Agar , and the tiit , traditional diviners , have now embraced Christian faith .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015052608299

Category: Africa

Page:

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Categories: Africa

Dinka Folktales

Dinka Folktales

The Ring Divinity When Jiel became a man and full Spearmaster , a kite flying
over his camp dropped a piece of liver on his lap . He roasted the meat and ate it
and found it tasted like no meat he had ever eaten before . He was intrigued ; so
 ...

Author: Jacob J. Akol

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015082765374

Category: Dinka (African people)

Page: 96

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Categories: Dinka (African people)

Kush

Kush

... the relationship between divinity and experience , spear masters , invocation
and prayer and symbolic actions . The book closes with a chapter called “ Burial
Alive ' which sums up the available information on the inhumation of
spearmasters ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105005659961

Category: Sudan

Page:

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Categories: Sudan