The way of the beer : ritual re-enactment of history among the Mafa ; terrace farmers of the Mandara Mountains (North Cameroon)

  • The Way of the Beer analyses how Mafa re-enact their history in the ritual transfer of sorghum beer from junior to senior members of their society. Beer is the ‘Eucharist’ of Mafa religion, standing for the linkage between God, the ancestors, the fertility of the living and the agricultural land. The ritual sequences in which beer is exchanged and offered at family and community shrines are an encoding of settlement history. The CD-ROM version of the "Way of the Beer" not only contains everything found in the printed version of this work, but also a digital map (figure 8) whichis too large to be printed. The key to the digital map (figure 9) is electronically linked to the map. Please note that figure 9 is displayed when the option "key", found under each ward name (in the bookmark section of figure 8), is activated. If this is done for the first time, figure 8 needs to be brought up again in order to be tiled next to figure 9. However, the best option for exploring the map is to print out the key. Please refer to "The Way of the Beer"(pages 142-144) for further information on how the large digital map needs to be read. The text, maps and images can be viewed in Word (please install the linguistic fonts before using the Word version) or Acrobat Reader (version 4.0 has beencopied on to the CD-ROM). The CD-ROM also contains version 1.03 of the Northern Mandaras Homepage which must be viewed with Microsoft Explorer. The CD-ROM is organised in five main folders which are labelled "Text", "Figures", "Tables", "Plates" and "Homepage". Each folder contains a Word 97 as well as an Adobe Acrobat version of "The Way of the Beer". It is only the large digital map which does not exist as a Word but only as an Adobe Acrobat version. The page numbering apart from figure 8) continues through the sections, beginning with the text and ending with the plates.

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Author:Gerhard Müller-Kosack
Referee:Carola Lentz
Document Type:Doctoral Thesis
Date of Publication (online):2006/07/18
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Granting Institution:Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Date of final exam:1997/04/16
Release Date:2006/07/18
GND Keyword:Mafa; Matakam; Ritual; Kamerun <Nord>; Ritus; Geschichte
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Source:Überarb. Fassung der Frankfurt (Main), Univ., Diss., 1997
Institutes:Philosophie und Geschichtswissenschaften / Geschichtswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 39 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore / 390 Bräuche, Etikette, Folklore
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht