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"Oh hurry to the river"!: uMamlambo in the eastern Cape, South Africa

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dc.date.accessioned 2004-04-16 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-20T11:20:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-20T11:20:25Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/8013
dc.description Paper presented at the Eastern Cape Historical Legacies & New Challenges Conference, 27-30 August en
dc.description.abstract This paper stems from a wider study of clay modelling at Hogsback and e-Hala in the eastern Cape. Amongst the models are images the modellers refer to as uMamlambo, or "mermaids". The authors discuss clay, dongwe, the raw material for these models and the significance of beliefs concerning this material and the rivers with which it is often associated. They argue that the modellers derive these particular images from two elements in Xhosa cosmography. Firstly, they are based on a mutable and sinister familiar, or snake, which often takes form of an irresistibly attractive, but extremely dangerous women. On the other hand the images may derive from an old female ancestor-figure, one of the abantu bamlambo, river people, who must be treated with great respect, but who is not malicious. The authors contextualise their theme in terms of phenomena such as labour migration and changes in rural and urban society. They argue that culture is fluid and that the boys and men, essentially bricoleurs, who make these models, are combining whatever images are to hand and especially the inheritance of Xhosa religious beliefs and ritual practices, to create these beguiling figures. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE en
dc.subject CLAY MODELLING en
dc.title "Oh hurry to the river"!: uMamlambo in the eastern Cape, South Africa en
dc.type Conference or seminar papers en
dc.BudgetYear 2003/04 en
dc.ResearchGroup Democracy and Governance en
dc.ArchiveNumber 2617 en
dc.outputnumber 1102 en
dc.bibliographictitle Morrow, S. & Vokwana, N. (2003) "Oh hurry to the river"!: uMamlambo in the eastern Cape, South Africa. (Paper presented at the Eastern Cape Historical Legacies & New Challenges Conference, 27-30 August). en
dc.publicationyear 2003 en
dc.contributor.author1 Morrow, S. en
dc.contributor.author2 Vokwana, N. en


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