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L'AVENIR DE L'INITIATION TRADITIONNELLE BANTU DANS LA REPUBLIQUE DU ZAIRE

Emery Kabongo Kanundowe
Africa: Rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione dell'Istituto italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente
Anno 29, No. 2 (GIUGNO 1974), pp. 177-192
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40758335
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

Questo studio, frutto di una ricerca sul campo effettuata nel 1968 nel territorio di Dibaya, nel Kasai Occidentale (Zair), prende in esame l'origine e il significato dei riti di iniziazione in uso presso i Bakwa Pele, Bakwa Mboya e Bena Lala, appartenenti al gruppo Bajila Kasanga. L'A. constata i profondi mutamenti subiti dal rituale dell'iniziazione, in seguito alTassimiliazione da parte dell'Africa ñera di certe forme di cultura occidentale, dal periodo coloniale in poi; affronta quindi il complesso problema délia validità dell'iniziazione nella realtà sociale africana contemporánea, formulando infine alome previsioni sui suoi possibili ulteriori mutamenti. In this essay, which is the result of a field research carried out in 1968 in the Dibaya territory in Western Kasai (Zaire), the Author analyzes the origin and the significance of the initiation rites practiced by the Bakwa Pele, Bakwa Mboya and Bena Lala, belonging to the Bajila Kasanga group. The A. examines the deep changes occurred in the initiation ritual, owing to the fact that Black Africa has assimilated certain forms of European culture from the colonial era onwards; he then deals with the complex problem of the validity of initiation in the contemporary African social reality, anticipating further possible developments.

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