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Rituals of Kinship Among the Nyakyusa





ISBN 9781138600362
Published April 27, 2020 by Routledge
300 Pages

 
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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.

Table of Contents

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

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