Zulu Thought-Patterns and Symbolism

Axel-Ivar Berglund
Distribution: U.S.,Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Phillipines
Publication date: 10/1/1989
Format: paper 402 pages, 32 b&w photos
6.3 x 9.3
ISBN: 978-0-253-21205-4
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“One of the most important statements of the ‘inside view’ of an African religous system ever made . . . unique in its richness and depth.” —Victor Turner

“Zulu Thought-Patterns is a monumental research piece whose writing is admirably clear, and its documentation praiseworthy.” —Africa Today

“ . . . unique and important . . . ” — International Journal of African Historical Studies

This ethnographic classic describes and analyzes the ritual cycle celebrated by Zulu kinship groups as understood and interpreted by the Zulu themselves.

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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
PREFACE
LIST OF ILLUSTRAIONS
MAP
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER II
DIVINITES
CHAPTER III
THE SHADES
SHADE NAMES
SHADE MANIFESTATIONS
CHAPTER IV
THE SHADES BROOD OVER MEN
CHAPTER V
DIVINERS-SERVANTS OF THE SHADES
CHAPTER VI
COMMUNION WITH THE SHADES
RITUAL BEER DRINKING
RITUAL KILLING
ANALYSIS OF A RITUAL KILLING
CHAPTER VII
ANGER AND FERTILITY AS EXPRESSIONS OF POWER
CHAPTER VIII
RESISTING EVIL
CHAPTER IX
MEDICINES
CHAPTER X
CHAPTER XI
CONCLUSION
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index