Chewa Traditional Religion
Researched under difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances during the Banda era, this book is a unique contribution to anthropological research in Malawi. Orginally published in 1976 this new edition has been throughly reworked and edited at a time when many of the domains described by Van Breugel were in a process of decline, transformation or even disappearance. The book offers precious descriptions of rain rituals at Bunda and Tsang'oma, explications of witchcraft phenomena and of the mdulu-complex, a convincing theory of the religious significance of Nyau and extensive deliberations of concepts of God and ancestors. In addition the book serves as a comprehensive overview on all the domains of Chewa Traditional Religion.
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Introduction by Martin Ott
Glossary of Chewa words
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A.G.O. Hodgson abstain African ancestors animal structures anthu beer Blantyre British Central Africa burial bush bwalo called cause mdulo Chad^a Chewa Chewa believe Chewa Traditional Religion chief chifukwa child Chilowa chinamwali Chisumphi Chiuta Christian corpse dambwe dead death deceased diviner Dowa District E.E. Evans-Pritchard evil father fear funeral girls gourd grave Hetherwick husband initiation intercourse J.M. Schoffeleers Kachere kachisi Karonga killed kutenga kuti Lilongwe living M.G. Marwick maize Makewana makolo Malawi maliro Mang'anja mankhwala mask matrilineal mdulo taboos medicine mfiti mfunde mi^imu misgmu miyambo mother mphinjiri Msinja Mulungu munthu mvula mwana Mwenda mwini mysterious ndiwo nsima Nyau dance Nyau dancers offerings pepa person Phiri phungu prayer punish rain sacrifice rain shrine Rain song relations relatives Religion in Malawi religious rites ritual salt sexual sing'anga songs Sorcery spirits symbolic ufiti village W.H.J. Rangeley wife witchcraft woman women young