Richards, Audrey Isabel, 1899-. CHISUNGU: a girls' initiation ceremony among the Bemba of Northern Rhodesia

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Title: CHISUNGU: a girls' initiation ceremony among the Bemba of Northern Rhodesia

Published By: London, England: Faber and Faber, 1956. 224 p., plates

By line: by Audrey I. Richards

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Bemba (FQ05)

Subjects: Puberty and initiation (881);

Abstract: This is a descriptive and interpretive account of the CHISUNGU or girls' initiation ceremony among the Bemba of Northern Rhodesia. In the introduction, the author discusses the theoretical significance of the puberty rites. A summary of the material environment and institutional structure of the Bemba society provides the necessary frame of reference for the better understanding of the ceremony itself. Being one of the sponsors of the particular ceremony that she had witnessed, the author is able to record the various rituals in detail. A functional interpretation of the CHISUNGU, especially its place in a matrilineal society, concludes this fine study. An appendix on the distribution of the puberty ceremonies in central Africa, and one on the songs sung during the Bemba ceremony are included in the book. For more information about the author see 2: Richards, this file.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: fq05-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references ( p. 213-216) and index

Field Date: 1930-1934

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1958

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Zambia

LCSH: Bemba (African people)


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