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Title:Spatial Expressions in the Kgosing of Molokwane
Author:Pistorius, Julius C.C.
Year:1996
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:19
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:143-164
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Tswana
archaeology
villages
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Architecture and the Arts
Abstract:Molokwane, the previous capital of the Modimosana Kwena chiefdoms, is one of several Tswana domains in the North-West Province of South Africa. The Modimosana Kwena occupied Molokwane from c. 1700. The social composition and ideological significance of the central part or 'kgosing'(place of the chief) in this site, which served as the ideological hub of the chiefdom, are explained by means of a synthesis of archaeological, ethnographic and historical evidence. The spatial and ideological differences between this settlement and other early Tswana villages, together with other archaeological variables, historical evidence, and various ecological adaptations may illuminate identity markers that can be used to distinguish between different Tswana influence spheres. Bibliogr., sum. in Afrikaans and English.
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