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Title:Kinship Terminology in Zanzibar
Author:Misiugin, V.
Periodical:St. Petersburg Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Zanzibar
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:In the past Zanzibar (today one of the two constituent territories of the Republic of Tanzania) was a relatively isolated part of the Swahili area. Consequently archaic features in the social traditions of the population were better preserved. Of great interest in this respect is the list of Zanzibar and Pemba Swahili kinship terms registered by W.H. Ingrams in the first quarter of the 20th century, and some 'nasaba' (pedigree) discovered by J. Gray (1960) on Pemba which take into consideration not only fathers and other ancestors in the male line, but also the names of the mother and her feminine ancestors. It is possible to reconstruct, at least as an ideal type model, an ancient system of division of society according to age and sex, reflected in a classificatory kinship terminology, and to trace the process of development of relationships of the 'fungu' type. The 'fungu' was an endogamous collectivity of blood relatives, divided into 'circles' - generations -, each 'circle' divided into two groups consisting of men and women who could not intermarry. Bibliogr., notes. (This article was first published in Russian in 1980.)