Guns & Rain: Guerrillas & Spirit Mediums in Zimbabwe

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Currey, 1985 - Guerrilla warfare - 244 pages
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Almost every anti-colonial struggle in the 20th century was led by an army of guerrillas, and no such struggle has succeeded without cooperation between the guerrillas and the local peasantry. This book examines what such 'cooperation' meant in the context of Zimbabwe's war of independence between 1966 and 1980 when hundreds of thousands of peasants provided the guerrillas with practical help and support. But throughout the country scores of spirit mediums also gave active support to the resistance, and with their help the scale of the war expanded into an astonishing act of collaboration between ancestors and their descendants, the past and the present, the living and the dead. North America: University of California Press

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David Lan, playwright and social anthropologist, was born in South Africa in 1952 and has been based in England since 1972. He was awarded his doctorate by the London School of Economics (LSE). His plays for the theater include "Painting a Wall," "Red Earth," "The Winter Dancers," "Sergeant Ola and his Followers," and for television; "The Sunday Judge.

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