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1 History and politics

Bambo Bushi
Dumbo Achembe
Makanja

2 Community, authority and the ancestors

Mariya and Chadzunda
Mdondo
Mkango
Njinga yabwera
Njovu

3 Sexuality, fertility and marriage

Kasiya maliro
Mfumu yalimbira
Nyata

4 Childbirth and parenthood

Malodza

5 Health, food and death

Ali n’matekenya
Tsokonombwe

6 Witchcraft and medicines

Adapundula
Bokho
Mfiti ilaula

7 Personal attributes

Am’na a chamba
Chinsinga
Kamvuluvulu

Characters not in the Book

Akuchilekwa
Januwale
Mwalimu – Chiuli
Sitiope mame

Ceremonies

Azimu – Kubwebweta / Spirit possession
Chinamwali / Initiation
Chizangala / Festival
Dambule / Commemoration of all the dead
Maliro / Funeral
Kugwetsa nyumba / Destruction of the deceased’s house
Ufumu – Manyumba / Chieftainship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kasiya Maliro (the DVD)

 

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Kasiya Maliro: the Great Mother of Gule Wamkulu (136 mins.) was produced to complete the trilogy of works on Gule Wamkulu. The DVD contains an extended interview with Claude Boucher Chisale and draws on the archive of Kungoni Centre to record some 160 Gule characters and ceremonies. Click here to see the insert to the DVD and here to see a comprehensive index to its contents. It is available from Kungoni Centre.

On this page you will find a selection of video clips from the DVD. They display original footage of Gule Wamkulu from each of the seven chapters of the book and the website, and also the enactment of ceremonies.

 

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1 History and politics

2 Community, authority and the ancestors

3 Sexuality, fertility and marriage

4 Childbirth and parenthood

5 Health, food and death

6 Witchcraft and medicines

7 Personal attributes

Characters not in the Book

Ceremonies

 

(Above) This Gule Wamkulu tombstone (chiliza) with its image of Kalulu (the rabbit) marks the spot where a namkungwi (mistress of initiates) is buried near Mua. Three lions (Mikango) danced at her funeral in October 2011.