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The Guardian of the forces

Author: Anne-Laure Folly; Amanou and Mamba Productions.; Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
Publisher: London : Royal Anthropological Institute, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : FrenchView all editions and formats
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In Togo, Sikavi, the voodoo fetish master, leads a death ceremony which only the initiated may attend. In order to help bridge the gap between "barbarism and civilization, " Sikavi explains his liturgy by using its Judeo-Christian correspondences. He illustrates "the force of the Word" described in the Bible by killing with the voice, healing with blood, and putting death at the service of the living.
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Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Anne-Laure Folly; Amanou and Mamba Productions.; Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
OCLC Number: 31634603
Notes: In French with English subtitles.
Credits: Camera, Richard Vargas ; editors, Annabelle Le Doeuff, Jean-Louis Bony ; translator, Jennifer Meunier.
Description: 1 videocassette (55 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS format.
Responsibility: Amanou and Mamba Productions ; produced and directed by Anne-Laure Folly Reimann.

Abstract:

In Togo, Sikavi, the voodoo fetish master, leads a death ceremony which only the initiated may attend. In order to help bridge the gap between "barbarism and civilization, " Sikavi explains his liturgy by using its Judeo-Christian correspondences. He illustrates "the force of the Word" described in the Bible by killing with the voice, healing with blood, and putting death at the service of the living.

This use of occult forces which is a powerful reality of African societies is questioned by its children who see it only as a mad quest for power.

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