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Spirit Children : Illness, Poverty, and Infanticide in Northern Ghana (Hardcover) (Aaron R. Denham)

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The author examines the phenomenon of spirit children who are victims or at risk of infanticide because they are deformed or ill, their births occurred with tragic events, or they display unusual abilities, and family members see them as spirits sent from the bush to cause misfortune and poverty and destroy the family. He provides an ethnographic account of the phenomenon in the Nankani society of Northern Ghana, as well as its surrounding region and the larger global context, viewing infanticide and the spirit child as forms of discourse and practice. He discusses infanticide across cultures and in Northern Ghana; the role of the house in Nankani family social relations; the role of the bush as a location, imaginative space, and state of being in relation to the world of spirits; spirit child behavior and causation; detection and decision making in dealing with spirit children; the role of concoctions and concoction men in treating them and sending them back to the bush; causes of death of these children; and why some families protect nonviable and spiritually dangerous children. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Number of Pages: 217.0
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Africa and the Diaspora: History, Politics, Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Aaron R. Denham
Language: English
Street Date: May 23, 2017
TCIN: 52063511
UPC: 9780299311209
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-2998

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