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Title:Traditional fertility regulation and child-spacing practices: a Tanzanian matrilineal tradition of child spacing
Author:Wembah-Rashid, J.A.R.
Periodical:African Anthropology (ISSN 1024-0969)
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:family planning
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Health and Nutrition
Fertility and Infertility
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Family Planning and Contraception
Abstract:The matrilineal Bantu peoples of eastern Tanzania attach great importance to fertility. Beliefs, customs and practices related to the acquisition, cultivation, generation and maintenance of fertility were, and to a certain extent still are, part and parcel of the enculturation process of both males and females. The author describes the customs, beliefs and practices related to fertility regulation and child spacing among the matrilineal Bantu peoples of eastern Tanzania, known as the Rufiji-Ruvuma and Rufiji-Pangani language speakers. Included in the former group are the Wayao, Wanakonde, Wamakua, Wamwera and Wamatumbi. The latter group includes the Wandegereko, Wazaramo, Wakwere, Waluguru, Wazigua and Wabondei. The author has conducted research among these peoples intermittently from 1966 to the present. Bibliogr., sum.