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Title:Oral traditions among the northern Malawi Ngoni
Authors:Mtenje, Al
Soko, BostonISNI
Periodical:Journal of Humanities (ISSN 1016-0728)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
oral traditions
Ngoni language
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
Ngoni (African people)
Oral tradition
Abstract:The Ngoni (Malawi) have a rich cultural heritage, as shown in oral traditions such as folktales, proverbs, riddles and praise poetry, which are still practised today. However, Ngoni culture has been affected by missionaries and colonialism, and the interaction with surrounding cultures and languages. As a result, a hybrid culture of the old forms which the Ngoni brought with them from Zululand, South Africa, aspects of Tumbuka culture and elements of modernism has emerged. External influences are particularly evident in the case of the Ngoni language, which has been completely replaced by Tumbuka in most areas in Mzimba district, with the exception of the Mphelembe chiefdom. Malawian Ngoni has retained some aspects of Nguni tonology, but it has also undergone significant structural changes which make it different from related Nguni languages, such as Zulu. Bibliogr., notes, ref.