1st Edition

Rituals of Kinship Among the Nyakyusa

By Monica Wilson Copyright 1957
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Originally published in 1957, analyses the rituals celebrated by groups of kinsmen on the occasion of births, marriages and deaths within the age villages of the Nyakyusa. the connection between the form of the rituals and the kinship structure is examined. The symbolism of the rituals throws great light on the psychological reactions of this African people to death and birth, sin and misfortune, expiation and reconciliation.

    1. Introduction

    2. Burial Rites

    3. Farewell to the Dead

    4. The Ritual of Puberty and Marriage

    5. The Ritual of Birth

    6.The Ritual of Abnormal Birth

    7. Rituals of Misfortune

    8. The Participants

    9. The Nyakyusa Conception of Reality

    10. The Sociological Analysis of the Rituals of Kinship

    Select Records:

    1. Reports of Particular Funerals

    2. Local Variations in the Death Ritual

    3. Marriage Negotiations and Gifts

    4. Misfortunes Attributed to the Shades

    5. Causes of Misfortune

    6. Participants in Rituals Illustrated by Genealogies


    Monica Wilson