West African Psychology: A Comparative Study of Psychological and Religious Thought

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James Clarke & Co., 2002 - 236 páginas
This comparative study of African religion and psychology deals with the idea of the soul and the spiritual powers of man and animals in West African belief. Based on personal research supported by anthropological study, it covers most of the coast and hinterland from the Ivory Coast to Eastern Nigeria. It records beliefs in a future life; reincarnation; metamorphosis; ghosts; hysterical possession; soul-eating by witches; and the interpretation of dreams.
 

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Introductory
1
The African Philosophy of Life
8
The Body and its Powers
17
The PersonalitySoul
29
The Spirit
45
Guardian Genius or OverSoul
57
Spirits of the Departed
69
Ghostly Apparitions
85
Metamorphosis
132
Animal and Plant Souls
147
Injury to the Soul
158
Possession
174
Dreams
185
The Influence of Egypt and Islam
198
The Development of Religion
210
Index of Proper Names
226

AfterLife and Judgment
100
Reincarnation
115

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