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The Dancing Dead: Ritual and Religion among the Kapsiki/Higi of North Cameroon and Northeastern Nigeria

Walter E. A. van Beek


The Kapsiki/Higi, one of the many groups living in the Mandara Mountains, straddle the border between North Cameroon and Northeast Nigeria. This book describes their religion, with a particular focus on ritual. Throughout, the Kapsiki/Higi history as a refuge area against slave raiding shines through in their dealings with “the other world” and with each other. This is a religion of long-time political insecurity. In contrast to many traditional religions in Africa, ancestors are not part of their belief system; instead, an intricate system of a flexible religious cosmology emerges, directed a ... More

Keywords: sacrifice, ritual, dwelling, imagistic, initiation, rites of passage, symbol, counterintuitive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858149
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858149.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Walter E. A. van Beek, author
Tilburg University