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ERIC Number: ED138105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Prophetic Speech in Ga Spirit Mediumship. Working Papers of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 30.
Fitzgerald, Dale K.
This paper analyzes the prophetic speech of Ga spirit mediums in terms of its linguistic style and its socio-religious function. As used in the study, "prophetic speech" is understood to have two major characteristics: (1) glossolalic style, and (2) prophetic message content, and it is used by people believed to be possessed by spirits. Prophetic speech in Ga society is discussed in terms of the socio-religious context in which it occurs (including Ga beliefs about spirit possession and the role of the Ga spirit medium), spirit mediums in practice, the socio-verbal interaction in a seance, and the linguistic characteristics of prophetic speech. The socio-religious functions of prophetic speech include social control, socialization, and fulfilling a need for participation in religious activities. (CLK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of International Studies.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (68th, New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 1969)