Smith, Edwin William, 1876-1957. The Ila-speaking peoples of Northern Rhodesia: vol. 2

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Part Iii—( Continued)

Chapter Xviii: From Birth To Puberty

1. Pregnancy

2. Birth

3. Child Life

4. Initiation

( A ) Kudivhunga

( B ) Kuzaluka

Menstruation Taboos

( C ) The Boys' Initiation : Kushinga

Chapter Xix: The Relations Of The Sexes

1. Before Marriage

2. Restrictions Upon Intercourse

3. Sexual Attraction

4. Betrothal

5. The Chiko

6. Marriage Ceremonies

The Marriage Of A Widower And Of A Widow

Marriage Of A Chief's Daughter, And Of A Chief

7. Polygyny

8. Lubambo

9. Kusena

10. Adultery

11. Rape

12. Perversions

Part Iv

Chapter Xx: Dynamism

1. The Theory

2. Witchcraft

Chapter Xxi: The Doctrine Of Souls

1. Death And Funerary Customs

2. The Destination Of The Departed

3. Metempsychosis

4. Various Kinds Of Ghosts

5. Dreams

6. Spirit Possession

7. Reincarnation

8. The Genius, Or Guardian Spirit

9. The Psychology Of The Ba-ila

Chapter Xxii: The Divinities

1. Personal And Family Divinities

2. The Great Mizhimo: Communal Divinities

3. Bulongo

Chapter Xxiii: The Supreme Being: Leza

Part V

Chapter Xxiv: Miscellaneous Notions

1. Reckoning Time

2. Ideas About The World

3. Ideas About The Animals And Plants

4. The Bakamipilwi

5. Ideas Of Colour

6. Ideas Of Number

Chapter Xxv: The Ba-ila At Play

1. Adult Games Of Skill And Dexterity

2. Children's Games

3. Legerdemain And Puzzles

4. Musical Instruments

5. Singing And Dancing

Chapter Xxvi: The Ila Language

1. Phonetics

History Of The Sounds

2. Word Formation

Formation Of The Verb

Formation Of The Noun

A Page From The Ila Dictionary

Sentence Formation

How Hare Scared Elephant


Chapter Xxvii: Proverbs, Riddles, And Conundrums

1. Proverbs

2. Riddles

3. Conundrums

Chapter Xxviii: Folk-tales


Part I: Etiological Or Explanatory Tales

1. How The Mason-wasp Fetched Fire From God

2. The Story Of The Blue-jay Who Married The Daughter Of God

3. How God First Gave Men Grain And Fruits

4. Why Men Became Baboons

5. The Explanation Of The Origin Of Murder

6. How The Ringdove Came By Its Ring

7. How Ringdove Got Her Name—“giver-of-happiness-to-men-to-girls-not-so-much.”

8. How Honey-guide Came To Have Authority Over Honey

9. Why Honey-guide Betrays The Bees To People

10. How Squirrel Robbed Coney Of His Tail.

11. How Squirrel And Jackal Became Distinct

12. How Skunk Came To Be A Helper Of Men

13. Why Duiker Has A Fine Coat And Parti-coloured Tail

14. How Elephant Lost His Clothing

15. Why The Elephant Is Distinct From The Wart-hog

16. Why The Wart-hog Lives In A Burrow

17. Why Bushbuck Came To Have A Red Coat

18. Why Jackals Do Not Go In Herds

19. Why Zebra Has No Horns

20. Why Leopard And Cheetah Became Distinct

21. Tortoise, Because Of The Way She And Fish-eagle Deceived Each Other, Does Not Eat Meat

22. Why Rhinoceros And Hippopotamus Became Distinct

23. Why The Cracks In Tortoise's Shell

24. Why Hornbill Has Such A Big Beak And Tomtit A Small One

Part Ii The Adventures Of Sulwe, The Hare

1. Why Hare Had His Destiny Foretold By Tortoise

2 Hare Makes Hippopotamus And Rhinoceros Engage In A Tug-of-war

3. Hare Deceives Lion And Burns Him To Death

4. Hare Plays A Trick Upon The Dragon

5. Hare Makes Himself Horns Of Beeswax

6. Hare Plays A Trick On Ground Hornbill

7. Hare Scares Hyena

8. Hare Causes Lion, Who Had Stolen His Mother, To Be Stung To Death By Bees

9. Hyena, Incited Thereto By Hare, Wants To Wear A Lion's Skin

10. How Hare And Crocodile Helped Each Other

11. Hare Kills Many Lions

12. Hare Deceives Jackal Three Times

13. Hare Breaks All Lion's Teeth And So Kills Him

14. Hare Eats Lion's Children

15. Hare Is Outwitted By Mrs. Tortoise

16. How Hare Deceives The Animals And Drives Them Away From The Fruit

17. How Hare Made A Fool Of Himself

18. Hare's Last Adventures And Death

Part Iii: Tales Of People And Animals

1. The Man Who Called Lions To His Aid

2. Kantanga And The Lions

3. The Woman Who Married A Fish

Part Iv: Tales Of People—mostly Fools

1. The Little Old Woman Who Changed Into A Maiden

2. The Little Old Woman Who Killed A Child

3. The Foolish Woman Who Killed Her Child

4. The Fool That Hunted For His Axe

5. The Fool Who Chopped Himself

6. The Fool Who Lay Down And Slept In The Road

7. The Fools Who Started Mourning When Promised Some Milk With Their Bread

8. The Fools Who Waited For Ground-nuts To Fall From A Tree

9. How Two Men Had A Dispute

10. The Scold Who Split Her Mouth

11. The Man And The Mushrooms

12. The Bogle Am Hi Child

13. Tale Of An Expectant Mother's Fancies

14. A Man And His Mother

15. The Child Who Wanted To Sleep In The Middle

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Title: The Ila-speaking peoples of Northern Rhodesia: vol. 2

Published By: London: MacMillan and Co., 1920.xvi, 433 p.: ill., maps

By line: by Rev. Edwin W. Smith ... and Captain Andrew Murray Dale …

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2015.

Culture: Ila (FQ06)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Linguistic identification (197); Regulation of marriage (582); Mode of marriage (583); Community structure (621); Burial practices and funerals (764); Puberty and initiation (881); Sexuality (831); Extramarital sex relations (837); General character of religion (771); Domesticated animals (231); Pastoral activities (233); Property system (421); Labor and leisure (461); Music (533); Prayers and sacrifices (782);

Abstract: This is the second of two volumes that constitute the basic work on the Ila, written by Smith, a missionary, and Dale, a government administrator. This volume deals with the Ila life cycle, sexual behavior, religion, language, leisure time activities, and folklore. Portions of the text printed in Latin, primarily dealing with sexual activities, are translated in an appendix at the end of this document.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fq06-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1902-1914

Evaluation: Missionary, Government Official-5

Analyst: James R. Leary ; 1961

Coverage Date: 1902-1914

Coverage Place: south-central Zambia

LCSH: Ila (African people)--Social life and customs//Ila language//Ila (African people)--Folklore


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