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1st Edition

The Bavenda

ISBN 9781138598447
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
480 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1931 this book was the first detailed ethnographic study of the Bavenda people. It pays particular attention to the double system of kinship groups which is unusual among the Bantu peoples. Richly illustrated with over 60 black and white plates, this books discusses the history and geography of the Bavenda, as well as social, economic, religious, political and legal aspects of their life, as well as medicine, magic and folklore.

Table of Contents

1. Geography

2. History

3. Physical and Psychical Characteristics, Clothing and Decoration

4. The Village, Agriculture and Domestic Animals 5. Food and Narcotics

6. Industries

7. War, Trading, Travelling and Hunting 8. Birth and Infancy

9. Child Life 10. Puberty and Initiation

11. Marriage

12. Family Life and Etiquette

13. Mortuary Rites

14. Property, Succession and Inheritance 15. Relationship Terminology and Kinship System 16. Social Groupings 17. The Chief

18. Territorial Divisions, Government, Revenue and Taxation, Law and Justice

19. Conceptions of the Universe

20. Religion

21. Medicine and Magic

22. Rain-Making and Fertility of Crops

23. Music, Dancing and Song

24. Folklore

25. Miscellaneous Beliefs and Superstitions

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