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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Tswana ritual concerning rain
Author:Feddema, J.P.
Year:1966
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:25
Issue:4
Pages:181-195
Language:English
Geographic terms:Botswana
South Africa
Subjects:rainmaking
Tswana
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020186608707242
Abstract:While doing field work among the Tswana of the Western Transvaal to study aspects of social life within three Tswana tribes, the author became interested in the ceremonies and traditions concerning rain and made a study of this subject. In this article he reports his experiences with four Tswana tribes, the baHurutshe ba ga Lentswe, the baKwena ba Mog˘pa, the BaKwena ba Modimosana ba Matlhaku, and the BaTlokwa ba ga Bogatsu. First the author gives an the account of the rain-ritual in its old traditional form; this is followed by an enquiry into what remnants of these customs are still found in the 4 tribes under study. Finally an interpretation of the rain-ritual is attempted.
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