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Chapter 8. From scrambling to murder

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Abstract

If objects can produce bright and effective noise that can hunt bad demons or purify the space where a ritual will take place, the human voice has such a special status and lends itself to all kinds of modulations, allowing it to play on a very wide range of sound ranging from falling to crumbling. The anthropologist Victor W. Turner highlights the importance of ritual horsehair, insults or songs in initiation rituals in Africa: in...

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