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Title:Ritual and social practice in the Transkei
Author:MacAllister, PatrickISNI
Year:1997
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:56
Issue:2
Pages:279-309
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
rituals
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4638840B19F844AE7AF4
Abstract:Two categories of ritual feature prominently in the lives of Xhosa speakers in the Shixini area of Willowvale district, Transkei, South Africa: ancestor rituals, which involve the killing of an animal for the ancestors and which stress kinship, and beer drinks, which stress locality in their symbolic structure. The author compares these two types of rituals, in particular the symbolic messages conveyed by the particular temporal, spatial and textual characteristics of each, and demonstrates that ancestor rituals and beer drinks have very different relationships to the 'social practice' of everyday social, political and economic realities. Beer drinks are largely practice orientated, while ancestor rituals are concerned mainly with normative structural relationships, although the differences between the two are not absolute. Bibliogr., notes, ref.
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