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The Ama-Xosa
Life and Customs


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Anthropology

  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108066846

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  • Son of Tiyo Soga, the first black South African to be ordained, John Henderson Soga (1860–1941) was a Xhosa minister and scholar. Like his father, he was one of the first of his people to be educated in Europe and to marry a European woman. His perspective on his people's history and culture is therefore distinctive. Conscious of the effects of modernity on Xhosa traditions, he published this work of social anthropology in 1932 to record their way of life as distinct from other tribal communities in South Africa. Soga traces the historical development of their clan system and laws, while offering uniquely informed insights into their beliefs and practices, such as the function of witch doctors and the customs of circumcision, lobola or 'bride price', and polygamy. The South-Eastern Bantu (1930), Soga's earlier survey of three branches of the Bantu family, is also reissued in this series.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108066846
    • length: 508 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical:
    1. Historical
    2. Composition of a tribe
    3. Xosa law
    4. War
    5. Physical and other characteristics
    6. Kreli
    Part II. Sociological:
    7. Life and customs
    8. Sacrifice
    9. Beliefs
    10. Charms
    11. Marriage customs
    12. Circumcision
    13. Lobola
    14. Mother and infant
    15. Children's games
    16. Old age
    17. Proverbs and metaphors
    18. Taboos
    19. Sport
    20. Economic life
    21. The seasons

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    John Henderson Soga

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