Twins in African and Diaspora Cultures

Double Trouble, Twice Blessed

Edited by Philip M. Peek

Contributions by Pascal James Imperato, Steven van Wolputte, Babatunde Lawal, Ysamur M. Flores-Peña, Susan Cooksey, C. Angelo Micheli, Walter E. A. van Beek, Jan-Lodewijk Grootaers, Frederick John Lamp, Allen F. Roberts, Mary Nooter Roberts, Marilyn Houlberg, Stefania Capone, Elisha P. Renne and Paulo Jorge Granjo Simões

Published by: Indiana University Press

376 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 36 b&w illus., 2 maps

  • Paperback
  • 9780253223074
  • Published: July 2011


  • eBook
  • 9780253001634
  • Published: July 2011


In Africa, where the birthrate of twins is among the highest in the world, twins can be seen as a burden to their families and a threat to the social order, or they can be seen as a gift from God and beings with unique abilities who bring about social harmony. Philip M. Peek and the contributors to this illuminating, multidisciplinary volume explore this rich cultural heritage by examining topics such as twins in artistic representation, twins and divination, and twins in performance, cosmology, religion, and popular culture.