Journal des Africanistes vol:61 issue:1 pages:37-71
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.