Intersections of sensorial perception and imagination in divination practices in postwar mozambique

Igreja, Victor (2015) Intersections of sensorial perception and imagination in divination practices in postwar mozambique. Anthropological Quarterly, 88 (3). pp. 693-723. ISSN 0003-5491


Following a long-term analysis of diverse divination practices in central Mozambique, this article examines how the civil war (1976–1992) and developments since the war’s end (2004–2010), which triggered new forms of consumption of mass-media technologies such as television and film, significantly changed the role played by clients, their visual senses, and their imaginative abilities in the production of divinatory knowledge. These novel forms of client engagement in divination have increased the popularity of divination practices while also revealing the possibilities and constraints attached to processes of identity transformation through media technologies.
Televized and film-based divination have helped to publicly expose the activities and culprits of serious evil-doing, but they have also shaped the identities of divination clients by offering a meta-commentary that denounces their own links to evil and witches in everyday life.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 06:15
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2016 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: sensorial perception, divination, imagination, war violence, Mozambique
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1353/anq.2015.0042

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