Wilson, Monica Hunter. Communal rituals of the Nyakyusa:

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Title: Communal rituals of the Nyakyusa:

Published By: London, New York, Toronto: Published for the International Institute by the Oxford University Press, 1959. viii, 228 p.: ill., maps

By line: Monica Wilson

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Nyakyusa and Ngonde (FN17)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Chief executive (643); Ethnic stratification (563); Traditional history (173); Tillage (241); Age stratification (561); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Organized ceremonial (796); Cult of the dead (769); Real property (423); Majority (884); Priesthood (793); Districts (634); Mythology (773); Cosmology (772); Gender status (562); Revelation and divination (787); Theory of disease (753); Normal garb (291); Religious denominations (795); Missions (797); Sex and marital offenses (684); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Sociocultural trends (178);

Abstract: This volume is a study of the relationship of religion to Nyakyusa social structure. The author examines the origin myths (the charter), political and age-grade ceremonies, ancestral sacrifices and the varying importance of ancestral shrines, political power and status based on religion, sorcery, 'medicines,' oracles and cosmology. In the final section she discusses the influence of the Christian missionaries and the native African churches on Nyakyusa society.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: fn17-009

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1934-1955

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert J. Theodoratus ; 1962 ; Teferi Abate Adem; 2010

Coverage Date: 1934-1959

Coverage Place: Nyakyusa, Tanzania and Malawi

LCSH: Nyakyusa (African people)


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