Kopytoff, Igor. Revitalization and the genesis of cults in pragmatic religion: the Kita rite of passage among the Suku

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Title: Revitalization and the genesis of cults in pragmatic religion: the Kita rite of passage among the Suku

Published in: Explorations in African systems of thought, edited by Ivan Karp and Charles S. Bird

Published By: Explorations in African systems of thought, edited by Ivan Karp and Charles S. Bird Indiana University Press. 1980. 183-212 p.

By line: by Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Suku (FO46)

Subjects: General character of religion (771); Ritual (788); Organized ceremonial (796); Lineages (613); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Magic (789); Religious experience (781); Purification and atonement (783); Theory of disease (753); Sacred objects and places (778); Congregations (794); Cult of the dead (769); Life and death (761); Transmission of beliefs (869);

Abstract: This article describes a traditional Suku religious rite called Kita which was typically held following the rise of a new chief. The focus is on the meanings and structure of the ritual, meant to renovate the collective wellbeing of lineage members as they passed from the reign of one chief to the other. The discussion follows Arnold Van Gennep's classic formulation of rites of passage.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: fo46-008

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-212)

Field Date: 1957-1959

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4,5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1940

Coverage Place: Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Suku (African people)

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