Brelsford, William Vernon. The succession of Bemba chiefs: a guide for district officers

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Title: The succession of Bemba chiefs: a guide for district officers

Published By: [Lusaka, Northern Rhodesia: Printed by the Govt. Printer, 1944]. iv, 43 p.: ill.

By line: by W. B. Brelsford

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

Culture: Bemba (FQ05)

Subjects: Territorial hierarchy (631);

Abstract: The political stability of the Bemba society is dependent upon the smooth functioning of its rule of succession. The hierarchy of Bemba chieftainships is graded and the installation of a new chief often involves a series of political readjustments spread over several districts. This source describes, with the help of genealogical tables and historical examples, the intricate system of succession. Since chieftainships are monopolized by the royal line, data on kinship structure are found throughout the monograph. The author was a district officer at the time of writing.

Document Number: 6

Document ID: fq05-006

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: ca. 1940

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1958

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Zambia

LCSH: Bemba (African people)


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