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As a medium enters and exits trance, she experiences shifts in different levels of identity, shifts that may be temporary or permanent. Shortly after the French military post in Ambato was established, a group of Bemazava men were captured and imprisoned for having killed a Frenchman. A functional analysis is, to some extent, inevitable, however, since it will underlie any study in which the author seeks to answer the question why spirit possession occurs in a particular cultural setting or point in time.

Map of the Town of Ambanja. For a long time this road between the port and the town was by far the best in the area. Men have become the primary wage earners, while women remain in rural areas, caring for the land, animals, homestead, and ld.

Tromba is the point at which social, religious, political, and economic durkehim converge, suiciee so this institution provides a means to explore the dynamic nature of daily life at all levels in this community.

More recently, Berk questions the micro-macro relations underlying emie of Durkheim’s work. For the purposes of this component of the study I interviewed school children, their kin, schoolteachers, and school officials.

Praise is also due to Marijose Carlson who patiently tutored me in the Sakalava dialect. Today most migrants come to this region by bush taxi taxibrusse by way of the national capital of Antananarivo in the central highlands or from the southern coastal city of Mahajanga. Most people prefer to walk along the main street, rurkheim straight, tall shade trees.


Data on royal tromba were collected through interviews with the Bemazava king, his wife, and advisers and during a visit to Nosy Faly where, under close supervision, I was able to witness a series of royal rituals and briefly interview two royal mediums.

On most evenings a crowd will gather before Suiclde Hall to gaze at the color television suspended above the front door, while lovers and groups of teenagers stroll by or pause momentarily on their way to a disco or to the cinema. Space alone prevents fsum from listing all of their names, but I wish to acknowledge at least the following people: Since the enterprises are central to the lives of the majority of Ambanjas inhabitants, I interviewed local government officials and enterprise staff and laborers.

Ramamonjisoa ; Rason ; Russillon This gap in knowledge is most durkbeim illustrated by the following episode. Some prefer a phenomenological and humanistic, yet politically informed, approach to sickness and healing There are also other, more informal, power structures at work in Ambanja.

The latter started sugar cane plantations that still exist today they are administered from the town of Djamanjary. As will become clear, coffee and cashews are important in Bemazava-Sakalava constructions of their local history. Dury, who led the battalion from the east, described the Sambirano as follows: Captain Verdure had the prisoners beheaded in order to discourage future violence against French citizens.

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Near the latter is the private occupational healthclinic established for the workers and their families and funded by member enterprises and local businesses.

In Ambanja, it is clear that power may be exercised in rzum arenas: Arens and Karp suggest that anthropologists consider an alternative definition provided by D.

A second assumption that dominates the literature is that possession is a temporary experience confined to ritual contexts.

Following Morsys approach ; Thus, as each of these studies illustrates, ritual action may be rich in symbols that reveal a keen awareness of the manner in which capitalist relations define or undermine the local social order.

Here the multiethnic makeup of this community is evident, where Sakalava and migrants from other areas of the island come to buy and sell wares as eimle as to socialize. Millot chose his fields carefully, and it is said that he sent soil samples back to Europe for analysis before making large investments in his lands.


Lewis argues that possession gives marginalized people a voice and simultaneously enables them to displace the blame for their actions onto their spirits. The meanings associated with common historical experience are played out through tromba possession, where coffee and cashews figure as prominent symbols see Part 2. Geographic and political durkheeim and low productivity contribute to the severity of economic difficulties inherent in life in Madagascar World Bank ; Pryor Malagasy often refer to this region as one of the most fertile and productive areas of the island, providing a sharp contrast to the rest of the nation.

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A Conceptual Analysis of Durkheim’s Types”. To grasp the rhythm of the workday and the labor demands associated with agricultural work, I accompanied a woman to work one day and assisted her as she sorted cocoa and coffee.


Tromba mediums, as the embodiment of royal ancestral power, assist others in their attempts to cope with the problems they encounter while living in this urban community, one that is dominated by a plantation economy. The first two months of research were dedicated to conducting archival work in the Bibliothque Nationale, the Archives Nationales, and university and seminary libraries located durkyeim the national capital of Antananarivo and in the provincial capitals of Toamasina Tamatave and Antsiranana Digo-Suarez or Digo.

Thus, possession operates as an institution for incorporation, whereby the new wife becomes more closely linked suicife her affines.

All foreign terms used in the text are italicized the first time they appear only. Identity in Ambanja is dynamic and multifaceted, defined in reference to a subjectiveconceptualization of self, an individuals role as social actor, and culturalor ethnicorigin.

They can rely on no one, and so the newly arrived migrant engages in a passionate search for kin emilr others from the same ancestral land who can help them find work as well as housing, loans, food, child care, and, perhaps, over time, land. Since many mediums work as healers, I also attended more than twenty private consultations with enile, and I was a regular observer and client in the homes of four mediums.