Sacrifice and social structure among the kuranko

Michael Jackson

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The Kuranko term for sacrifice is sarake (from the Arabic sadaqa). Any gift, offering or material object over which invocations to spirits are made is a sacrifice. Sarake thus includes offerings made to the three major categories of spirit: (1) Ala or Altala (God), (2) Bəmbanu or Fɔl' mɔryonu (‘Ancestors’ and ‘First/original people’ respectively), (3) Njεnnenu (Spirits of the wild or djinn). Sacrifice also includes material objects (medicines and fetishes) which are prayed over.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1977
Externally publishedYes

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