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Valenge Women
Social and Economic Life of the Valenge Women of Portuguese East Africa





ISBN 9781138594975
Published August 21, 2018 by Routledge
306 Pages

 
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When first published in 1933, this monograph shed new light on the life of the Valenge women of Portuguese East Africa. It discusses their social organisations, family relationships, education, tribal customs, and contains detailed information concerning initiation rites, religion, magic and sorcery. The volume collects a large number of native texts, rituals and formulae, thereby converting oral tradition into material of great value not only to students of Africcan ethnography but also to anthropologists more widely.

Table of Contents

1. Origin and History

2. Social Organization and Kinship System

3. Valenge Women: Their Homesteads

4. The Agricultural Year 5. Material Culture 6. Birth Rites 7. Early Education 8. Games 9. String Figures 10. Tatuing, Scarification and Tribal Marks

11. Puberty, Initiation

12. Marriage, Relation Between the Sexes

13. Death

14. Dances

15. Religion, Magic and Sorcery

16. Folklore and Proverbs.

Conclusion.

Appendix: The Sibs of Gazaland

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The International African Institute might well authorize the publication of a book planned and executed in so scientific a spirit.' Times Literary Supplement