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The Bori is a kind of African shamanism, an animist cult centred on possession by the spirits of the ancestors, which has spread throughoutWest Africa. Its followers, priests (also known as Bori) and assistants are clairvoyants or faith healers.They perform ecstatic ritual dances to conjure up the djinns-spirits-that they hope will protect society and its individual members from evil powers. Faith healers (Boka) employ traditional plants to heal the sick. Although living in societies which are for the most part Islamic, ...

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