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Title:The life history of Mishi Wa Abdala, a Swahili Kungwi from Mombasa, Kenya
Authors:Mirza, Sarah
Strobel, Margaret
Year:1984
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Volume:11
Issue:1
Pages:68-80
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:rites of passage
women
autobiographies (form)
Abstract:Mishi wa Abdala, who was born between 1900 and 1905, is in many ways a typical member of the Swahili community of Mombasa and representative of Swahili women generally. Raised as a Muslim, she grew up to be a leader in one of the groups of makungwi (sing. kungwi), women who conduct life cycle rituals. The following story of her life (her parents, her husbands and child, her work) and the description of life cycle rituals (puberty rites, wedding dances, lelemama dances) were recorded during interviews with Ma Mishi in the mid 1970s. Notes, ref.
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