9780226548203

Rituals of Fertility and the Sacrifice of Desire: Nazarite Women's Performance in South Africa

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    9780226548203

  • ISBN10:

    0226548201

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-03-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

With close to one million members, the Church of the Nazarites (ibandla lamaNazaretha) is one of the most popular indigenous religious communities in South Africa. Founded in 1910 by Isaiah Shembe, it offers South Africans--particularly disadvantaged black women and girls--a way to remake and reconnect to ancient sacred traditions disrupted by colonialism and apartheid. Ethnomusicologist Carol Muller explores the everyday lives of Nazarite women through their religious songs and dances, dream narratives, and fertility rituals, which come to life both musically and visually on CD-ROM. Against the backdrop of South Africa's turbulent history, Muller shows how Shembe's ideas of female ritual purity developed as a response to a regime and culture that pushed all things associated with women, cultural expression, and Africanness to the margins. Carol Muller breaks new ground in the study of this changing region and along the way includes fascinating details of her own poignant journey, as a young, white South African woman, to the "other" side of a divided society.

Table of Contents

List of Musical Excerpts and Illustrations on the Compact Disc
ix
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xxiii
Map
xxv
Introduction
1(22)
Isaiah Shembe and the Making of Religious Empire
23(31)
Making and Exchanging Nazarite Sacred Forms
54(34)
Nazarite Hymns: Indigenizing Sacred Song
88(32)
Nazarite Hymns: Popularizing Sacred Song (1940-1997)
120(39)
AmaNtombazane as the Mountains of Abstinence
159(40)
Nazarite Marriage and the ``Brides of Christ''
199(21)
AmaNkosikazi as Maidens of Royal Blood
220(41)
A Last Word 261(6)
Glossary 267(4)
Notes 271(22)
References 293(14)
Index 307

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