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Title:Funeral conduct in Nkhata-Bay
Author:Manda, G.K.M.
Year:1987
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:40
Issue:1
Pages:30-36
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:Tonga (Zambia, Zimbabwe)
funerals
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Nkhata Bay District (Malawi)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29778570
Abstract:Despite immigration and clan differences among the Tonga themselves, it is possible to trace a common fibre in funeral conduct service in the Nkhata Bay district, Malawi. While clans are allowed the freedom to conduct a funeral according to their customs in the mode of mourning, burying and 'chibvumbi' (those who stay behind to comfort the bereaved), the whole conduct is governed by the overall Tonga tradition. The author describes normal funeral conduct, including the kitchen work, funeral room, graveyard, the role of the elder council, and the burial. In a second section, he takes a very brief look at some special funerals (chief's death, abortion, twin's death, death of a daughter-in-law). Ref.
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