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Title:The changing nature of Isihlonipho Sabafazi
Author:Finlayson, Rosalie
Year:1984
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:43
Issue:2
Pages:137-146
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
marriage rites
sociolinguistics
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The object of this paper is to trace the development of a particular sociolinguistic facet, as related to the women of the Xhosa-speaking people, from its function in a traditional society to its changed character in the modernized world of today. Life styles today in the urban areas make it virtually impossible for the women to retain the custom of ukuhlonipha úmzi wabó, the custom of 'respecting the homestead'. The customs involved, traced from the beginning of the marriage negotiations when the suitor has his bride negotiated for him while he remains at home, through the young girl's avoidance of her suitor's home during all the marriage transactions, up to the women's life in her new home, have all undergone drastic changes. Previously women who did not uphold hlonipha were ridiculed and ostracized, but today this does not generally happen, and in the urban areas the converse has been found to take place, namely, where women are ridiculed for upholding the tradition. - Fig., ref.
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