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Trance Mediums and New MediaSpirit Possession in the Age of Technical Reproduction$
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Heike Behrend, Anja Dreschke, and Martin Zillinger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823253807

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.001.0001

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“Look with Your Own Eyes!”: Visualizations of Spirit Mediums and Their Viewing Techniques in Tanzanian Video Films

“Look with Your Own Eyes!”: Visualizations of Spirit Mediums and Their Viewing Techniques in Tanzanian Video Films

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(p.221) “Look with Your Own Eyes!”: Visualizations of Spirit Mediums and Their Viewing Techniques in Tanzanian Video Films
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Trance Mediums and New Media
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Claudia Böhme

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823253807.003.0012

The chapter looks at the multiple relations between the spirit medium mganga and the medium video film in Tanzania. Not only is the mganga featuring in the movies but is also actor or producer. Video film producers are caught between his de- and revaluation due to performance traditions in the history of cultural politics in Tanzania. In tracing the remediation of the mganga and his visualizing techniques on the screen, this chapter wants to argue that the double interference of new media and trance media in the video films creates “a new regime of visibility” (Behrend 2005). While the films have contributed to the mganga’s popularization, the visualization of former invisible powers put the real mganga’s powers to the test.

Keywords:   Claudia Böhme, Tanzania, Video film, Mganga, Spirit medium, Trance media, Remediation, Visualization

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