Publication Date

Fall 1998


Descending Through Drums is an interpretive field study of two traditional religious groups called Brekete and Yeve. Based on four weeks of field research in Ghana, with the majority of time spent in the coastal villages of the southeastern Volta Region. Through specific experiences, the research aims at explaining the rituals of the two religions, the music, and the functions of the cults; and how they might explain the phenomenon of spirit medium ship and possession.

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