Explorations in the history and sociology of territorial cults in Zambia

TitleExplorations in the history and sociology of territorial cults in Zambia
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1979
AuthorsW.M.J. van Binsbergen
EditorJ.M. Schoffeleers
Secondary TitleGuardians of the land : essays on Central African territorial cults
Pagination47 - 88
Date Published1979///
PublisherMambo Press (Zambeziana ; vol. 5)
Place PublishedGweri
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAfrican religions, cults, history, Zambia

In order better to present these cults in their interrelation with other institutions, the author introduces an additional analytical concept: the shrine cult, calling a shrine "a spot which is singled out and treated in a very special way because of its close association with events by which entities believed to exist somewhere outside this visible order can manifest themselves within this order - and where, therefore, humans can communicate with these entities". The concepts of territorial cult and shrine cult largely overlap, but neither is a subset of the other. The territorial cult in the Zambian context - Shrines, ecology and the community - Chiefs and shrines in Zambia's history - Conclusion

IR handle/ Full text URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1887/8941
Citation Key1505