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Living in the navel of Waag: ritual traditions among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia

Yvan Houtteman (UGent)
(2011)
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Hendrik Pinxten
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“Living in the navel of Waag” offers a ideal typical description of the different ritual traditions among the Daasanech of South-West Ethiopia with special focus on the ways the body is modified. Ritual is seen as a means to induce wellbeing and to tackle misfortune. The dissertation starts with a brief situating of the Daasanech in their environmental and historical context. Chapter two an outline of the different social categories a Daasanech is born into or requires during his life. Special attention is given to the explanation of the generation system and the system of alternating generations called dolo. Chapter 3 deals with the notion of Waag, the source of rain and wellbeing, the role of the ancestors and the concept of sidha or pulse. The next chapter explains the different rites of passage a Daasanech passes through from birth to death. The two main rituals, male circumcision (bilte) and the blessing of the girls (‘dimi) are described, as well as the different steps a marriage takes and several other smaller rituals.. The last chapter deals with the ways the traditional Daasanech explain affliction and misfortune and how they deal with it. In this chapter, different notions such as curse, moral pollution and healing are introduced and explained.
Keywords
misfortune, ritual, wellbeing, ancestors, cursing, blessing

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Houtteman, Yvan. 2011. “Living in the Navel of Waag: Ritual Traditions Among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia”. Gent: Univeristeit Gent, Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte.
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Houtteman, Y. (2011). Living in the navel of Waag: ritual traditions among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia. Univeristeit Gent, Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte, Gent.
Vancouver
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Houtteman Y. Living in the navel of Waag: ritual traditions among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia. [Gent]: Univeristeit Gent, Faculteit Letteren & Wijsbegeerte; 2011.
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Houtteman, Yvan. “Living in the Navel of Waag: Ritual Traditions Among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia.” 2011 : n. pag. Print.
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  author       = {Houtteman, Yvan},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {300},
  publisher    = {Univeristeit Gent, Faculteit Letteren \& Wijsbegeerte},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Living in the navel of Waag: ritual traditions among the Daasanech of South West Ethiopia},
  year         = {2011},
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