Wilson (1957) Communal Rituals of the Nyakyusa – Anthropology


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Wilson, Monica. Communal Rituals of the Nyakyusa. (London: International African Institute by the Oxford University Press, 1957)

Octavo. xii, 278 pages,  Thirteen Illustrations and 8 maps, plans and tables, 3 of which are folding, & index.

Condition: Very Good (VG) with dust jacket. Dust jacket shows some edge wear but remains unclipped. Top edge of text block darkened, otherwise nice.

Originally published in 1957, analyses the rituals celebrated by groups of kinsmen on the occasion of births, marriages and deaths within the age villages of the Nyakyusa. the connection between the form of the rituals and the kinship structure is examined. The symbolism of the rituals throws great light on the psychological reactions of this African people to death and birth, sin and misfortune, expiation and reconciliation. – Goodreads