Madz i-manga, mhondoro and the use of oral traditions-a chapter in barue religious and political history

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Abstract

This study seeks to redefine the ritual significance of the madzi-manga through the use of Barue oral traditions. It goes beyond a redefinition of the ritual to study the entire process of investiture, the role of the senior mhondoro in Barue society, and the exact nature of the relationship between the Barue and the Portuguese. It concludes that the madzi-manga represented neither a Catholic baptism nor a syncretic religious practice, as has been previously argued. Rather, it was the traditional medium through which the sacred qualities of kingship were transmitted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-409
Number of pages15
JournalThe Journal of African History
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1973

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