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This article attempts to analyze inter-cultural ritual (therapeutic and divinatory) interaction between the aLuund and Chokwe of Southwestern Zaire. The fact that the aLuund turn to neighbouring groups for ritual and therapeutic assistance invites questions with regard to the nature of the unity of Luunda cultural order and identity, and the subject of the cultural praxis. A reflection is offered upon the ways in which cultural traditions and identities are generated and maintained, and processes of cultural exchange contribute to shape and activate the unity of the Luunda ritual world.

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In: Afrika Focus
In: Afrika Focus


This chapter is based on an anthropological research project initiated at the Catholic University of Leuven with a view to exploring the impact of so-called makerspaces and hackerspaces on the urban environment of which they form part. We describe the genesis of the project, and end by setting out five arenas, or heuristic devices, which we think are crucial when investigating the potential of these creative hubs in shaping their urban environment and in designing the future.

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In: African Futures