Entry ancestor > Ancestors, power, and history in Madagascar
Part of speech name (book or play title)
Author Middleton Karen
Publishings 1999. Pages: 360.
Description In this edited volume, regional specialists reassess the significance of ancestors for changing relations of power, emerging identities, and local historical consciousness. Case-studies include The Royal Bath of 1817 (Pier Larson), Succession in an Urbanized Sakalava Kingdom (Lesley Sharp), The Antankarala Ritual Cycle (Michael Lambek, Andrew Walsh), Nineteenth-Century Norwegian Missionary Culture (Karina Hestad Skeie), Sacrifice on the East Coast (Jennifer Cole), Violence among the Zafimaniry (Maurice Bloch), and Circumcision and Colonialism in the South (Karen Middleton). Three further chapters present original research on slavery, memory, and cultural politics in the Highlands (Sandra Evers, David Graeber, Fran├žoise Raison-Jourde).
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Whenever Karembola talks of this "difficult," extended mourning, they explain that the mpisoro is a "great person" (ondate be) demanding "great homage" (fiasia├▒e be) of those he owns.
Tables and plates All the titles

[be, great] An ancestor, grandfather. (Prov.) [Richardson 1885]
a god (sometimes used of the ancestors) [Hallanger 1973]
the ancestors, or spirits of the ancestors [Richardson 1885]
[ny tao aloha (?).] the ancients, the ancestors. [Richardson 1885]
the men of old, the ancestors [Hallanger 1973]
an ancestor [Hallanger 1973]