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Title:Descent group scatter in a Mpondomise ward
Author:Hammond-Tooke, W.D.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:Limited to presenting descriptive material on a little-recorded aspect of Cape Nguni social structure, the territorial distribution of agnatic kin. Stems from a detailed analysis of the morphology of descent groups among the Mpondomise (see Africa. 38(1968), 1, p. 26-45) which attempts a greater understanding of these important structural systems, particularly the lineage. Descent groups, to be functionally effective, presumably must be localized to a greater or lesser extent, and the question of the territorial alignment of agnatic kin becomes crucial. Lineages form the basis of the worshipping congregation of the ancestor cult and are corporate groups in respect of the potential heirship of stock, but there is evidence that they, too, are rarely local units, this aspect being more typical of the linegge segment. This paper examines the position in a Mpondomise ward. Ref., tabl., maps.