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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The Mutapa Dynasty: A Comparison of Documentary and Traditional Evidence
Author:Beach, David N.
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Mwene Mutapa polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171558
Abstract:Subject of this article is the 18th and 19th century successions of the Mutapa state, one of the four known major Shona states. It revises the chronological order developed by D.P. Abraham, who collected traditions from 1950 to 1971 through the use of a questionnaire (a form of questioning which sometimes evokes fundamental difficulties). By comparing these traditions with other ones (a.o. with those recorded in Portuguese documents, which Abraham did not fully use), the author presents a list which differs from Abraham's genealogy in the names and the numbers of Mutapa rulers as well as in their order of succession. Figs., notes, table.