Book

Rituals of kinship among the Nyakyusa

Oxford University Press for the International African InstituteLondon • Published In 1957 • Pages:

By: Wilson, Monica Hunter.

Abstract
This source is the second of three projected volumes on Nyakyusa social organization, the first concerning itself with the age-village structure (see 1: Wilson, this file) and the third to deals with various communal rituals. The rituals treated in this volume are concerned with burial, the farewell to the dead, puberty and marriage, birth, and misfortune (e.g. killing, sorcery). Attention is paid to differences in detail among the various groups of Nyakyusa society. In the actual description of the rituals, pertinent interviews with the informants are brought in whenever possible. After the discussion of the various rituals, Wilson discusses the participants, generally close relatives and neighbors, and the native conception of reality as it pertains to the rituals. The main body of the text closes with a sociological analysis of the rituals of kinship based on the theories of Radcliffe-Brown. The last forty pages contain representative documents concerning funerals, death rituals, marriages, misfortunes, and some genealogical tables. References are contained in footnotes to the pages. At the time of publication, Wilson was at the School of African Studies of the University of Cape Town.
Subjects
Functional and adaptational interpretations
General character of religion
Puberty and initiation
Eschatology
Ingroup antagonisms
Mourning
General sex restrictions
Burial practices and funerals
Organized ceremonial
Lineages
General character of religion
Ethics
culture
Nyakyusa and Ngonde
HRAF PubDate
2010
Region
Africa
Sub Region
Eastern Africa
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Creator Type
Social Anthropologist
Document Rating
5: Excellent Primary Data
Analyst
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957 ; Teferi Abate Adem; 2010
Coverage Date
1930-1957
Coverage Place
Nyakyusa, Tanzania
Notes
Monica Hunter Wilson
Includes bibliographical references
LCCN
57002667
LCSH
Kinship--Tanzania
Nyakyusa (African people)