Winner of the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology
This account of the Ehing people of Senegal examines the cultural meanings embedded in ritual, myth, and belief and does so within the broad framework of symbolic anthropology. . . . In examining the relationship between symbols and social life, this clearly written and closely reasoned book confronts a perennially important question in anthropological theory. . . . Clearly written and closely reasoned.
Ethnography at its best: a rich immersion in a foreign system carried out in a theoretically sophisticated way. . . . Non-Africanists would also do well to consider using it in courses on comparative kinship and religion.