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Symbolic and diachronic study of inter-cultural therapeutic and divinatory roles among aLuund ("Lunda") and Chokwe in the Upper Kwaango (South Western Zaire)

Author(s): F. De Boeck

Journal: Afrika Focus
ISSN 0772-084X

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1-2;
Start page: 73;
Date: 1993;
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Keywords: Zaire Luunda | Healing | Divination | Ritual

This article attempts to analyze inter-cultural ritual (therapeutic and divinatory) interaction between the aLuund and Chokwe of Southwestern Zaire. The fact that the aLuund turn to neighbouring groups for ritual and therapeutic assistance invites questions with regard to the nature of the unity of Luunda cultural order and identity, and the subject of the cultural praxis. A reflection is offered upon the ways in which cultural traditions and identities are generated and maintained, and processes of cultural exchange contribute to shape and activate the unity of the Luunda ritual world.
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