The Mbukushu in Angola
A History of Migration, Flight and Royal Rainmaking
Author: Maria Fisch. Series edited by: Michael Bollig, Wilhelm J.G. Möhlig.
Series: History, Cultural Traditions and Innovations in Southern Africa Volume 112005
1 map, 1 genealogy, 16 b/w photos, appendix
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 240 mm
The Mbukushu – like the Bantu people living in the western areas (Gciriku, Shambyu, Mbunza and Kwangali) – originally come from central Africa, today’s Namibia and South-East Angola. At the beginning of the 19th century they moved to the Caprivi, Botswana and Namibia. Their royal clan possesses the hereditary power of rainmaking which was successfully practised under the eyes of the colonial administrations until the middle of the 20th century. Payment of tribute by the neighbouring peoples profited the royal clan with wealth as well as with huge political power in the whole region.
Only the radical changes during The Thirty Years’ War in Angola that ended recently, were able to convulse the economic and political stability of the “Rainmaking People” persistently. The book considers the early history of the Mbukushu as well as the disturbances of the last decades. It contains several historical photos with strong expressiveness and some maps with the regions mentioned in the text.
On the one hand, this historical monograph is based on the collection of oral traditions and interviews with time witnesses in their own language compiled over many years. On the other, it represents an evaluation of the literature written about this region since the 19th century, and of unpublished material in governmental and missionary archives.
Following the links below you will find further manuscripts of the same author, as well as analyses of the Bantu language Mbukushu and the history of this ethnic group:
- Der Caprivizipfel während der deutschen Zeit 1890–1914
- Die südafrikanische Militärverwaltung (1915–1920) und die frühe Mandatszeit (1920–1936) in der Kavango-Region / Namibia
- Konzeptualisierung von Landschaft
im Mbukushu (Bantusprache in Nord-Namibia)
- The Kavango Peoples in the Past
Alexander Keese in Jahrbuch für Europäische Überseegeschichte, 8/2008, pp. 377-379
Ulrich Oberdiek in Anthropological Abstracts, www.anthropology-online.de/Aga06/0069.html, pp. 1
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