Mukanda: The Rite of Circumcision

Mukanda: The Rite of Circumcision

in The Papers of Victor Witter Turner, of Private Collection (Box 5, G: Mukanda) (1959) , 10 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
Working draft of a manuscript titled "Mukanda". Abstract: "The Ndembu circumcision rites, called Mukanda like those of the Chokwe, Luvale and Luchazi, provide an interesting variation on the general pattern. I present an account, based on personal observation and informants' description, of the Ndembu rites, partly to add to the general store of ethnographic information about such rites, and, more importantly, to provide for the kind of analysis I am undertaking in this book. With the latter in mind, I present Mukanda as a set of successive episodes, based primarily on my own observations of a particular performance, with interpolated comments and exegesis of symbolism by Ndembu informants. As in the other chapters of this book the symbolic act and the symbolic object constitute my basic units of study."
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Copyright Message
Copyright © 2016 by Edith Turner
Content Type
Anthropologist / Ethnographer
Victor Turner, 1920-1983
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Anthropology, Social Sciences, Cultural anthropology, Circumcisions, Religious rites and ceremonies, Antropologia Cultural, Antropología Cultural, Lunda
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Antropologia Cultural, Antropología Cultural

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