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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Rise of the 'Right-Hand House' in the History and Historiography of Xhosa
Author:Peires, Jeffrey B.
Year:1975
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:2
Pages:113-125
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:history
Xhosa
traditional rulers
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Among the Xhosa the institution of the 'Right-Hand House' acts as an historical explanation: the Ngoika Paramount (the Right-Hand House) of the Ciskei 'Bantu Homeland' is considered as the principal cause of Xhosa political fragmentation. Aim of the article is to describe the emergence of the situation among the Xhosa which is now legitimized by the de facto recognition of the quasi-independent status of the Right-Hand House and to show how this emerging situation gave rise to forms of evidence which minde etiological error possible, if not inevitable. Conslusion: the decentralized nature of the Xhosa polity can not be ecplained in terms of a weak Paramount. Notes.
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