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Saturday, March 12, 2011


The Birth of A Ngoni Child

  • Saturday, March 12, 2011
  • Samuel Albert
  • Author: H. F. Barnes
    Source: Man, Vol. 49 (Aug., 1949), pp. 87-89,
    Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland

    The following is an account, almost as I wrote it down at the time, of the birth of a baby amongst the Fort Jameson Ngoni living in the Eastern Province of Northern Rhodesia. I have added some notes on the relationships of the people concerned and some comparisons with other births which I attended among the same people.

    The mother, Mwanijinga,1 was a young primipara living in the village of her husband's mother's father. Puberty had occurred twenty-three months previously in June, 1945, and shortly afterwards she had married. Her husband worked at a tobacco factory about ten miles away and visited the village only at weekends.