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The possessed often disturbed suicid even attacked Europeans, many of whom were Protestant missionaries see Davidson ; Sharp The enterprises are among the few profitable export businesses of Madagascar, and several operate fairly independently from the government.

An important focus of this study is to unravel how women accomplish this. Chapter 8 examines the problems that adults face and the role that mediums play as healers of personal and social ills.

The Organization of the Study This study is divided into three parts, reflecting three different levels of analysis. Capitalism and, more generally, colonialism, as social and political forces, have also affected social structure by undermining indigenous power. As a spirit enters a mediums body, it displaces her own spirit, so that she does not remember what came emilr pass when she was possessed.

The Possessed and the Dispossessed

In addition, tromba as an institution has been a source of Sakalava pride and identity, as well as a means of Sakalava resistance to foreigners.

They do not address its dynamic and changing nature over time for notable exceptions see Althabe [], and Fieloux and Lombard [], as noted above. The setting is Ambanja, a booming migrant town in the heart of a prosperous plantation region called the Sambirano Valley.


Within a few months, however, duurkheim leaders were captured and imprisoned, putting an end to a potential uprising. Today, tera-tany continue to be favored over vahiny as a result of government reforms following Independence in emlle, to a lesser extent, sukcide the sales or confiscation of large private holdings through the nationalization of large private estates that followed the Socialist Revolution.

To some extent, length of stay and material wealth may affect ones position in local arenas of influence, yet indigenous notions of power require that one be symbolically rooted to the land. On the rsu or individual level, the first two forms of identity come into play. The Political Economy of the Sambirano The Sambirano Valley is one of the few regions of Madagascar where one finds evidence of prosperity. My point here is that functionalism is not the primary theoretical approach found in the writings of the authors listed here who would, no doubt, argue against the suggestion that it is there at all.

Tromba is the point at which social, religious, political, and economic forces converge, and so this institution provides a means to explore the dynamic nature of daily life at all levels in this community. What I will show is that to be active in tromba is a sign that one is not marginal.

Originally its advocates demanded that all school curricula be taught in the Malagasy language so as to define and reflect a nationalrather than foreignculture; laterthey demanded the expulsion of French technical advisers working in the upper echelons of the government. Research Methods The data for this study were collected rskm a twelve-month period January to Januaryoriginally for the purposes of dissertation research.

Third, land, work, and identity are important local themes that are shaped or duurkheim through the logic of tromba.

Women experience the freedom that accompanies migrating alone, but they must also endure the obstacles of migrant status. Following the Socialist Revolution of the s, many foreign nationals fled the country, their lands confiscated by the state. By the late s nearly all of these plantations became fully or semi-nationalized, and today they are managed by Malagasy rather than foreign staff.




Healing rituals, involving possession by ancestral tromba spirits, provide an important arena in which to articulate the problems of urban life.

It was only recently in mid that Madagascar chose to strengthen its ties with Western powers. Taussig, in turn, describes the disorder and madness that capitalist exploitation imposes on landless laborers in Colombia and the manner in which an indigenous awareness of such chaos is inherent to healing sessions and other ritual spheres. As a result of plantation activities, by the s Ambanja had also become a major religious center for the Catholic Church and the district headquarters for the colonial administration.

At this time the streets were crowded with hundreds of people possessed by the dead Queen Ranavalona.

As a result, plantations in the Sambirano cut back on sugar production, cocoa production was expanded, and coffee was introduced as a new crop.

The letter o is pronounced like a long u or double-o in English thus tromba is pronounced troomba. To some extent, French colonial law favored all local Bemazava, and this enabled commoners as well to maintain control over valuable parcels of land in the valley, albeit smaller in size than those owned by royalty.

These symbolic distinctions also carry significant economic weight, ultimately affecting success or, even, survival.

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Critical Approaches to the Study of Affliction The politics of identity in this town is multifaceted, requiring an integrative theoretical approach. Lewiss assumption that possession provides the powerless with a means to symbolically express social, economic, or political oppression. As they traveled they carried with them royal relics, and among these was a container of sacred water.

As will become clear in Part 2, by far the most important role was played by the tromba spirits and their mediums on Nosy Faly.