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Title:Lifescapes and Governance: The Regulo System in Central Mozambique
Author:Convery, IanISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Volume:33
Issue:109
Period:September
Pages:449-466
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:chieftaincy
traditional rulers
communities
forests
Economics and Trade
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240601000846
http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4E7A8BC8BE9FC89752C7
Abstract:Based on research carried out in Nhambita, a forest community in Sofala Province, Mozambique, in 1996-1999, this paper highlights the significance of custom and religion and emphasizes the role of forests as synergistic places, where needs and resources, the present and the spirit world, the future and the past coincide. Local governance is a contested domain in contemporary Mozambique, and there has been much debate regarding the role of the traditional 'régulo' (community chief) system. The paper shows that the 'régulo' provides continuity and a link to the community lineage, and as such holds an important role within the 'lifescapes' of his area of jurisdiction ('régulado'). The 'régulo' simultaneously acts as broker for forest resources and entitlements, he operates as the spirit guardian of the whole 'régulado', he mediates the relationship between the material world and the spirit world, the present and the past, and works alongside the 'curandeiros' (traditional healers) to provide healing and protection from witchcraft. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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