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Title:The Role of Old Women in Zulu Culture: The Old Woman and Adolescence
Author:Brindley, Marianne
Year:1986
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:9
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:120-128
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:elderly women
Zulu
rites of passage
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Abstract:Old Zulu women not only play important roles in childbirth and child nurture, their involvement in promoting the orderly social development of their grandchildren continues undiminished during their adolescence. Because of their kinship position, knowledge, age and ceremonial purity, they are intimately involved in the ceremonies demarcating their grandchildren's puberty, coming of age and preparation for marriage. A description of this involvement leads also to a consideration of the symbolic content and its interpretation. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English.
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