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Performing myths, ritualising modernity: dancing for Nomkhubulwana and the reinvention of Zulu tradition

Performing myths, ritualising modernity: dancing for Nomkhubulwana and the reinvention of Zulu tradition

Adeyemi, Sola (2012) Performing myths, ritualising modernity: dancing for Nomkhubulwana and the reinvention of Zulu tradition. In: Omoera, Osakue S., Adeyemi, Sola and Bineba, Benedict, (eds.) A Gazelle of Savannal Sunday Ododo and the Framing of Techno- Cultural Performance in Nigeria: Theatre, Culture, Literature, Art. Alpha Crownes Publishers Ltd, Rochester, UK, pp. 435-445. ISBN 9780956683731

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Abstract

The European colonial expansion T in Africa disrupted and in instances stopped the celebration and development of traditional values in the colonised territories. This disruption is more acute in southern Africa, especially in the South African territory of Zululand, where the European economic and political policies led to a state of apartheid, which existed from 1948 to 1991, and uneven development afterwards. Several of the nations in the formerly colonised areas are trying to re-create and re-form their traditional values. The AmaZulu, who occupy the north-eastern part of South Africa, are a nation of proud antecedents and rich traditional values and they are now evolving practices and ideas to re-create the lost cultural heritage of the people. A part of the cultural rejuvenation is the annual Nomkhubulwana (Nomdede)festival in celebration of the Virgin Queen. This paper highlights some aspects of traditional revival in the 1990s, after the apartheid period when the nation was trying to reform its relevance.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zulu, Nomkhubulwana, ritual, performance, Ubuntu, myth, tradition, culture, myth of origin, clan praises, South Africa, apartheid
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:25
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10255

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