Title: Of Bushbucks without horns: male and female initiation among the Aluund of southwest Zaire
Authors: De Boeck, Filip # ×
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Societe des Africanistes
Series Title: Journal des Africanistes vol:61 issue:1 pages:37-71
Abstract: On bushbucks without horns : male and female among the Aluund of Southwest Zaïre. Among the Aluund of
southwestern Zaïre, the mwiingoony is open to all circumcised men ; and the chiwiil, to all women who have
undergone menarche rites. To initiate men and women into these « sodalities » means transforming them from «
bushbucks without horns » (the uninitiated) into knowledgeable initiates so that they acquire a practical awareness of their distinct, yet interdependent, male and female body-selves, of the alternative models of Luunda gender relations, and of the social responsibilities of manhood and womanhood. Light is shed on these creative, transformative initiatory practices ; and rites are analyzed sequentially as a processual bodily action and a generative process of meaning production.
ISSN: 0399-0346
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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