|Title: ||Mambila traditional religion : Sua in Somie|
|Authors: ||Zeitlyn, David|
|Issue Date: ||30-Jan-1990|
|Abstract: ||This work is an analysis of Mambila religion based on fieldwork in Somié village, Cameroon.
An ethnographic and historical introduction to the Mambila is followed by an account of their
religious concepts. It is argued that, despite their adherence to Christianity (and to Islam),
traditional practices continue to be of great importance in everyday life. In order to examine
traditional practice descriptions are given of divination and oath-taking rites. Translated
transcripts of the different forms of the sua-oath form the empirical core of the thesis. The
transcripts illustrate the way that Mambila experience and understand the meaning of sua.
Descriptions are also given of the sua masquerades. Finally I examine problems inherent in the
analysis of non-literate societies lacking a reflective tradition, and in particular, societies
lacking precise, structured religious concepts. This allows for discussion of resulting
implications on the relationships between religion, politics and ‘symbolic power.’|
|Description: ||This is a revised version of my PhD thesis “Mambila Traditional Religion. Sua in Somié”
submitted to Cambridge University in June 1989, examined in November 1989 and awarded in
February 1990. The revision takes account of some of the comments made by my examiners
and enables me to incoporate some of the corrections which I wish to make after further
research which has included more fieldwork in Somié. The post-doctoral research has been
made possible by the tenure of a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Oxford for
which I am very grateful.|
|Appears in Collections:||Theses - Social Anthropology|
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