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Title:Tufo Dancing: Muslim Women's Culture in Northern Mozambique
Author:Arnfred, SigneISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Lusotopie
Pages:39-65
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:Sufism
dance
women
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Architecture and the Arts
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Religion and Witchcraft
arts
Link:http://lusotopie.sciencespobordeaux.fr/arnfred2004.pdf
Abstract:Tufo is a popular women's dance, particularly widespread in contexts of Sufi Islam in the coastal areas of Northern Mozambique. Tufo dancers are organized in groups and this is a culture that is in expansion. This paper discusses the dance, songs and music of Tufo, as well as the way women dress for the dancing, in contexts of Sufi Islam and Makhuwa matriliny, as well as Swahili culture. The focus of this paper is on the Tufo group women: how can the popularity of Tufo group membership among women be explained? Does it make sense to see the groups as (co)producers of female identities? The ways in which the organization and activities of Tufo groups reflect the organization and activities of the Sufi tariqas are investigated, as is the ambiguous position of the Tufo groups vis--vis post-independance Frelimo politics. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English, Portugese and French (p. 465-466). [Journal abstract]
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