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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Wilson, Monica Hunter
Rituals of kinship among the Nyakyusa
Published By: Original publisher
London: Oxford University Press for the International
African Institute. 1957. xii, 270 p., 8 plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Monica Hunter Wilson
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Nyakyusa and Ngonde (FN17)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);
General character of religion (771);
Puberty and initiation (881);
Ingroup antagonisms (578);
General sex restrictions (834);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Organized ceremonial (796);
General character of religion (771);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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.
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Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957 ; Teferi Abate Adem;
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Kinship--Tanzania//Nyakyusa (African people)