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Citation (published version)Fallou Ngom & Phillippe Beaujard. 2017. African Ajami Library: Digital Preservation of Antemoro Malagasy Ajami Manuscripts.
The material is the third of three texts owned by Pierre Boto, a former diviner-healer (called ombiasy in Malagasy) and later religious chief (called katibo in Malagasy), and his family. Pierre Boto was known to have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, and then to Islam, and then finally back to Catholicism. Pierre Boto was believed to be in his early seventies in the early 1980s. The family belonged to the Anakara Clan and lived in a village called Vatomasina in the Antemoro region (in the valley of the Matatàña River). The original author of the material is unknown. The pages were made out of a local plant called harandrànto in Malagasy, likely of the genus Afzelia. The material was bound in zebu skin and sinew. The material was photographed between 1983 and 1990. While the exact content of material is unknown, it is believed to contain guidance for charms, divination, and healing through prayers, geomancy, and astrology.
The entire manuscript is available for download as a single PDF file. Higher-resolution images are unavailable. For assistance, please contact email@example.com. Fieldwork Team: Philippe Beaujard (Director of Research, French National Centre for Scientific Research). Technical Team: Dr. Vika Zafrin (Digital Scholarship Librarian, BU Libraries), Eleni Castro (OpenBU and Electronic Theses & Dissertations Librarian, BU Libraries), Dr. Fallou Ngom (Director of the African Studies Center), Dr. Peter Quella (Assistant Director, African Studies Center), Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science), and Zachary Gersten (Research Assistant, African Studies Center). This collection of Malagasy Ajami materials is copied as part of the African Studies Center’s African Ajami Library. This project is partly funded by the BU African Studies Center. We thank Dr. Tim Longman, past Director of the African Studies Center, and the entire African Studies team for their support. For Inquiries: Please contact Professor Fallou Ngom (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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