The Praise Singer

A Virago Modern Classic

Author: Mary Renault

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1405526246

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'Mary Renault's portraits of the ancient world are fierce, complex and eloquent, infused at every turn with her life-long passion for the Classics. Her characters live vividly both in their own time, and in ours' MADELINE MILLER Mary Renault is a shining light to both historical novelists and their readers. She does not pretend the past is like the present, or that the people of ancient Greece were just like us. She shows us their strangeness; discerning, sure-footed, challenging our values, piquing our curiosity, she leads us through an alien landscape that moves and delights us' HILARY MANTEL In the story of the great lyric poet Simonides, Mary Renault brings alive a time in Greece when tyrants kept an unsteady rule and poetry, music, and royal patronage combined to produce a flowering of the arts. Born into a stern farming family on the island of Keos, Simonides escapes his harsh childhood through a lucky apprenticeship with a renowned Ionian singer. As they travel through 5th century B.C. Greece, Simonides learns not only how to play the kithara and compose poetry, but also how to navigate the shifting alliances surrounding his rich patrons. He is witness to the Persian invasion of Ionia, to the decadent reign of the Samian pirate king Polykrates, and to the fall of the Pisistratids in the Athenian court. Along the way, he encounters artists, statesmen, athletes, thinkers, and lovers, including the likes of Pythagoras and Aischylos. Using the singer's unique perspective, Renault combines her vibrant imagination and her formidable knowledge of history to establish a sweeping, resilient vision of a golden century. 'There's much to say about her interweaving of myth and history and, just as interestingly, there's much to wonder at in the way she fills in the large dark spaces where we know next to nothing about the times she describes . . . an important and wonderful writer . . . she set a course into serious-minded, psychologically intense historical fiction that today seems more important than ever' - Sam Jordison, Guardian

Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-singers

History, Politics, and Land Ownership in Northern Ghana

Author: Wyatt MacGaffey

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 0813933862

Category: History

Page: 227

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In his new book, the eminent anthropologist Wyatt MacGaffey provides an ethnographically enriched history of Dagbon from the fifteenth century to the present, setting that history in the context of the regional resources and political culture of northern Ghana. Chiefs, Priests, and Praise-Singers shows how the history commonly assumed by scholars has been shaped by the prejudices of colonial anthropology, the needs of British indirect rule, and local political agency. The book demonstrates, too, how political agency has shaped the kinship system. MacGaffey traces the evolution of chieftaincy as the sources of power changed and as land ceased to be simply the living space of the dependents of a chief and became a commodity and a resource for development. The internal violence in Dagbon that has been a topic of national and international concern since 2002 is shown to be a product of the interwoven values of tradition, modern Ghanaian politics, modern education, and economic opportunism.

The Cultural Context of Therapeutic Choice

Obstetrical Care Decisions Among the Bariba of Benin

Author: C. Sargent

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400977409

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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This book examines the factors influencing women's choices of obstetrical care in a Bariba community in the People's Republic of Benin, West Africa. When selecting a research topic, I decided to investigate health care among the Bariba for several reasons. First, I had served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Benin (then Dahomey) and had established a network of contacts in the region. In addition, I had worked for a year as assistant manager of a pharmacy in a northern town and had become interested in the pattern of utilization of health care services by urban residents. This three-year residence proved an invaluable asset in preparing and conducting research in the northern region. In particular, I was able to establish relationships with several indigenous midwives whose families I already knew both from prior research experience and mutual friend ships. These relationships enabled me to obtain detailed information regarding obstetrical practice and thus form the foundation of this book. The fieldwork upon which the book is directly based was conducted between June 1976 and December 1977 and sponsored by the F ord-Rockefeller Popula tion Policy Program, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the FUlbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Program. The Ford-Rockefeller Population Policy Program funded the project as a collab oration between myself and Professor Eusebe Alihonou, Professor Agrege (Gynecologie-Obstetrique) at the National University of Benin.

Literarische Leben

Rollenentwürfe in der Literatur des Hoch- und Spätmittelalters. Festschrift für Volker Mertens zum 65. Geburtstag

Author: Matthias Meyer,Hans-Jochen Schiewer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110925753

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 913

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The term 'literary lives' defines the specific focus on the question of role designs that runs throughout this volume. The focus is on literature, albeit in a broadly conceived sense of the term. The 'role designs' in the sub-title refer first of all to the plurality of different 'careers' that individuals may traverse in the course of their lives, and secondly to the exemplary nature of these literary designs. The articles centre largely on the 13th century, the earliest period in which we encounter a wide-ranging spectrum of roles in all literatures. The extension of the focus back to the late 12th century and forward to the late Middle Ages is intended to give an additional perspective to the central issue the volume inquires into.

In Sierra Leone

Author: Michael Jackson

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822333135

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 225

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DIVThe reminiscences of an anthropologist revisiting the site of his fieldwork from the 1970s; it is also an account of the life of a prominent politician (and friend of the author) in Sierra Leone./div

100 Must-read Historical Novels

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408136066

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Historical fiction is a hugely popular genre of fiction providing fictional accounts or dramatizations of historical figures or events. This latest guide in the highly successful Bloomsbury Must-Reads series depicts 100 of the finest novels published in this sector, with a further 500 recommendations. A wide range of classic works and key authors are covered: Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Attwood, Sarah Waters, Victor Hugo and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few. If you want to expand your reading in this area, or gain a deeper understanding of the genre - this is the best place to start! Inside you'll find: - An extended Introduction to historical fiction - 100 titles highlighted A-Z by novel with 500 Read-on recommendations - Read-on-a-theme categories - Award winners and book club recommendations


The Warrior Princess

Author: Nath McAbraham-Inajoh

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1468503839

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 48

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INIKPI: The Warrior Princess is a fictional play based on the Igala legend of a princess who was sacrificed to secure the victory of her father’s army in a decisive war. This fictional reinterpretation celebrates the bravery of Inikpi, the princess, and extols the best virtues of the Igala nation—courage, loyalty, and sacrifice—which she embodies.

Camel Tracks

Critical Perspectives on Sahelian Literatures

Author: Debra Boyd-Buggs,Joyce Hope Scott

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9780865437579

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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In this new volume of critical essays on the Francophone literature of countries in the African Sahel, some of the field's most distinguished scholars investigate both the written and oral genres produced in this dynamic region - work characterised by its association with the desert. Revealing the richness and complexity of little-known texts, now becoming increasingly important as Africa forms its literary canon, this is the first volume of its kind available to researchers, teachers and students in the Anglophone world.

Psalm 29 through Time and Tradition

Author: Lowell K. Handy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878413

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Psalm 29, a sacred text in Jewish and Christian Bibles, has been understood in a variety of ways through time and in different traditions. This volume presents a sample of the use and meaning derived from a single biblical text. From the earliest translations to contemporary African Independent Churches, this psalm has been an integral part of synagogue and church; but what it has meant and how it is used is a fascinating journey through human culture. Not only the understanding of the written word, but also the liturgical use and the musical adaptations of a biblical text are considered here. This is a book for anyone--scholar, student, or laity--with an interest in the Bible in its many contexts.

The Praise & Worship Fake Book (Songbook)

B Flat Edition

Author: Hal Leonard Corp.

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458441954

Category: Music

Page: 432

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(Fake Book). A great resource for worship leaders, praise bands & singers, or anyone who loves today's praise and worship music! This book includes more than 400 songs arranged for B-flat instruments many of which also include vocal harmony lines. There's a convenient index by key as well as the standard alphabetical table of contents, and a guitar chord guide. Song highlights include: Above All * Agnus Dei * Ancient of Days * As the Deer * Awesome God * Better Is One Day * Breathe * Celebrate Jesus * Come, Now Is the Time to Worship * Draw Me Close * Firm Foundation * Give Thanks * Glorify Thy Name * Great Is the Lord * He Has Made Me Glad * The Heart of Worship * Here I Am to Worship * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * I Love You Lord * I Worship You, Almighty God * Jesus, Name Above All Names * Lord, I Lift Your Name on High * Lord, Reign in Me * Majesty * More Precious Than Silver * My Life Is in You, Lord * My Redeemer Lives * Oh Lord, You're Beautiful * Open the Eyes of My Heart * The Power of Your Love * Refiner's Fire * Shine, Jesus, Shine * Shout to the Lord * Step by Step * This Is the Day * Trading My Sorrows * We Fall Down * We Will Worship the Lamb of Glory * You Are My All in All * You Are My King (Amazing Love) * and hundreds more!

Southern Cultures: 2013 Global Southern Music Issue, Enhanced Ebook

Spring 2013 Issue, includes Music tracks

Author: Harry L. Watson,Jocelyn Neal

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469609045

Category: History

Page: 231

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The Global Southern Music Issue enhanced eBook includes all the tracks on Traveling Shoes, our special free CD and: The South meets Senegal as hip-hop goes Trans-Atlantic. Hawaiian steel guitar sways the Southern musical landscape. Poet Allen Ginsberg and bluesman James "Son" Thomas trade verses. Aussie Elvis impersonators keep the king alive. A U.K. scholar offers a new perspective on the study of the blues. Music pirates keep alive another tradition of bootlegging in the South. And much more. Southern Cultures is published quarterly (spring, summer, fall, winter) by the University of North Carolina Press. The journal is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the Study of the American South.

Reach for the Praise

Author: Rodney E. Williams

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469114437

Category: Religion

Page: 143

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Did you know that you have something that God wants? He longs to receive it, he wants it so bad that he will move the sea for it. He wants it so bad that he will come from Heaven to earth for it. What is it you might ask; just what do I have that God wants bad enough to move in such a way. I am glad that you asked, it is your praise. Through this inspired book you will find out how valuable your praise is to God. You will learn practical ways to Praise past your persecutions Praise in the mist of the matter Praise while in the middle of the storm Praise while others stand idle Reach For The Praise will lift you to a new level of spirituality as well as praise and worship. It will show you the demonic attacks that have been launched against sacred music, as well as musicians, and worship leaders in the church. Since praise goes to the heights of heaven, it is important that we will reach high to perfect our praise. So come on and Reach For The Praise. Remember those that reach, will receive Every once in a while youll find someone that God has gifted in seemingly every area of life, Rodney E. Williams is one of these individuals. He is a pastor, musician and two time author. He has been a music minister for twenty five years. His many gifts has allowed him to frequent many different settings and cities. This gifting of preaching, playing, and singing has carried him across many denominational lines as well. Through out the years many sacred songs of Zion has been placed on the back shelf. Songs that were full of the gospel message, songs that were rich in giving God glory as well as praise; songs that seemingly that are lost forever. It is through this work that Pastor Williams desires to spark an interest in the hearts of every church member, musician, worship leader and pastor to Reach For The Praise. Pastor Williams resides in Sibley Louisiana with his wife Cynthia and their children. He presently serves as pastor of the King Solomon Baptist Church.

The Gods Have Not yet Spoken...

Author: Dr. Oliver Akamnonu

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465324305

Category: Fiction

Page: 280

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The rustic small-scale business owner chances on money after many years as a labor leader. He decides to get into politics and runs for the governorship of his state and loses. Another unsuccessful shot at the congress seat leaves him almost pauperized. He is rescued from starvation by an appointment as a board chairman in a central government-owned industry. Following the pattern of the colossal and unmitigated corruption in his country, he aims for a kill and lands the megabillions from the loose coffers of the oil-rich republic. A rather belated attempt at atonement through religion alienates him from the barbaric political culture that had enabled his meteoric rise. His alienated former colleagues aim for his jugular. The swallowed billions had not quite sunk in when the military struck. A story of unimaginable intrigues, corruption, and betrayals. Is there hope for the upcoming generation of the children of Mungeruun?

The AIDS Conspiracy

Science Fights Back

Author: Nicoli Nattrass

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231149131

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Since the early days of the AIDS epidemic, many bizarre and dangerous hypotheses have been advanced to explain the origins of the disease. In this compelling book, Nicoli Nattrass explores the social and political factors prolonging the erroneous belief that the American government manufactured the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to be used as a biological weapon, as well as the myth's consequences for behavior, especially within African American and black South African communities. Contemporary AIDS denialism, the belief that HIV is harmless and that antiretroviral drugs are the true cause of AIDS, is a more insidious AIDS conspiracy theory. Advocates of this position make a "conspiratorial move" against HIV science by implying its methods cannot be trusted and that untested, alternative therapies are safer than antiretrovirals. These claims are genuinely life-threatening, as tragically demonstrated in South Africa when the delay of antiretroviral treatment resulted in nearly 333,000 AIDS deaths and 180,000 HIV infections—a tragedy of stunning proportions. Nattrass identifies four symbolically powerful figures ensuring the lifespan of AIDS denialism: the hero scientist (dissident scientists who lend credibility to the movement); the cultropreneur (alternative therapists who exploit the conspiratorial move as a marketing mechanism); the living icon (individuals who claim to be living proof of AIDS denialism's legitimacy); and the praise-singer (journalists who broadcast movement messages to the public). Nattrass also describes how pro-science activists have fought back by deploying empirical evidence and political credibility to resist AIDS conspiracy theories, which is part of the crucial project to defend evidence-based medicine.