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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Some Developments in Bemba Religious History
Author:Werner, Douglas
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:religious history
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1594699
Abstract:The author combines written and oral material with linguistic and ethnographic data to describe some developments - the description of these developments is often in hypothetical terms - in the religious history of the Bemba (northeastern Zambia). Purpose of this article: to add to the existing histories of the politics and trade of these people, a historical dimension of religion; to test the effectiveness of combining various types of evidence for reconstructing the history of a society whose traditions have been transmitted orally; to suggest dimensions which further research can explore in this or other African societies whose religions have received little historical consideration by scholars. Notes, table, maps.