Hambly, Wilfrid Dyson, 1886-. The Ovimbundu of Angola

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The Ovimbundu Of Angola

I. Introduction

Ii. Geographical Factors

Iii. Historical Sources

Iv. Physical Appearance

V. Economic Life

Nature Lore

Food Supply

Collecting And Hunting


Agriculture And Cooking

Domestic Animals

Trade And Transport




Domestic Implements


Mats And Baskets


Leather Work

Spinning And Weaving

Vi. Social Life

Sexual Relations




Pregnancy And Childbirth


Terms Of Relationship

Table A (see Table E Iii) Ngonga's Own Generation

Table B (see Table E Ii And Iv, Also Table F Ii) First Generation Of Ngonga's Ascendants

Table C (see Table E I And F I) Second Generation Of Ngonga's Ascendants

Table D (see Table E Iv And V, Also Table F Ii, Iv And V) Some Of Ngonga's Descendants

Law And Government

Warfare And Slavery

Village Organization

Vii. Education

Industrial Training And Division Of Labor

Standards Of Conduct, Manners, And Salutations

Educational Value Of Play, Music, And Dancing

Part I

Part Ii


Viii. Language

Affinities Of Umbundu





Tone And Stress

The Syllable


The Class System

Class 1

Class 8


Principal Tenses



Transcription Of Folklore Stories

Sing Language

Riddles And Proverbs

Folklore Stories

The Leopard And The Hare

The Hare Is Punished

The Bird And The Bat

The Quail And The Rooster

The Story Of The Cricket

The Wattled Crane (epanda) And The Spur-wing Goose (onjava)

The Hare (ndimba) And The Lemur (evovo)

The Fruit Bat And The Sun

The Dog And The Lizard

The Jerboa And The Leopard

Ix. Religion

Supreme Being

Survival After Death

Religious Beliefs And Conduct

Funeral Rites



Kings And Chiefs


Training Of Medicine-men

Functions Of Medicine-men


Equipment And Miscellaneous Duties

Curing The Sick


Poison Ordeal

Ceremonial Fire

Prohibitions And Omens

X. Culture Contacts

Congo Basin


South West Africa

Xi. Wider Culture Contacts

Antiquity Of Cultural Traits

The Blacksmith's Craft In Africa

Bantu Religion And Social System

African Puberty Rites

Hunting Appliances Of Africa

African Pottery, Baskets, And Musical Instruments

Kulturkreis Theory

Xii. Cultural Processes

Analysis Of African Cultures

Assembling Of Traits

Cultural Losses

Integration Of Traits

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Title: The Ovimbundu of Angola

Published By: Chicago: [s. n.], 1934. 89-362 p., plates: ill., map

By line: by Wilfrid D. Hambly. Frederick H. Rawson-Field Museum ethnological expedition to West Africa, 1929-30. ; 84 plates in photogravure and 1 map

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2002. Computer File

Culture: Ovimbundu (FP13)

Subjects: Grammar (193); Smiths and their crafts (326); Music (533); Literary texts (539); Marriage (580); Kinship terminology (601); Burial practices and funerals (764); (74); Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: This monograph is based upon one year's field research in Angola and Nigeria as well as a comprehensive bibliographical study on the Ovimbundu and their neighbors. In this pioneer ethnographic study of the Mbundu the coverage is reasonably complete, considering the magnitude of the task. Primary emphasis is on historical reconstruction with the result that several chapters are dedicated to analyzing the distribution of culture traits of the Ovimbundu and other African tribes. While social structure is only superficially treated, the following sections are well-documented: music, literature, the decorative arts and ethnobotany (particularly pp. 138-140).

Document Number: 3

Document ID: fp13-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 349-355)

Field Date: 1929-1930

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Richard Schaedel ; 1955

Coverage Date: 1929

Coverage Place: Angola

LCSH: Mbundu (African people)


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