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Title:Kora: A Theme in Nubian Cultural History
Author:Spaulding, Jay L.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:2nd Quarter
Geographic term:Sudan
Subjects:social structure
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4186000
Abstract:Tentative reflections on the significance of kora, a term found in Old Nubian manuscripts of a millennium ago and employed in diverse social contexts by speakers of Arabic and Nubian today. The author hypothesises that kora has been a term used by northern Sudanese to designate the occasional formal and institutionalised violation of (at least) two sets of cultural norms, one serving to maintain vertical hierarchy within the community, and the other governing the lateral exchanges of property, labour and family destiny that took place at marriage. Kora feasting and kora marriage both convey the implication of a deliberate communal violation of otherwise-accepted norms for the purpose of social levelling and the fostering of community solidarity. Notes.