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Aunty with a Key: Aunties’ power, status and authority in African traditional ceremonies


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Title Aunty with a Key: Aunties’ power, status and authority in African traditional ceremonies
Creator Hellemann, Phemelo C. Sipungu, Thoko
Subject — aunties; Xhosa; Tswana; culture; ulwaluko; bogadi
Description This article offers personal reflections and scholarly observations that identify the significance of maternal and paternal aunties in bogadi and ulwaluko traditional ceremonies. Bogadi is a Tswana marital and thanksgiving ceremony between two families. It is a rite of passage for the newlyweds as they are inducted into marriage. Ulwaluko is an initiation of Xhosa boys into manhood. Through an African Feminist lens and an analytic autoethnographic methodology, the authors narrate personal experiences of their aunties roles in closed ceremonial interactions that highlighted the key role African women play in cultural rituals. Findings show that aunties are revered in African ceremonies. In both bogadi and ulwaluko ceremonies, it was evident that we revere aunties as intellectual and moral gatekeepers during these special cultural events.Contribution: The article adds to the growing literature that seeks to write about African women positively through an empowering lens that shows their agency in cultural settings.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2024-02-15
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ink.v16i1.76
Source Inkanyiso; Vol 16, No 1 (2024); 10 pages 2077-8317 2077-2815
Language eng
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Rights Copyright (c) 2024 Phemelo C. Hellemann, Thoko Sipungu