Despite the large-scale destruction of traditional practices throughout the world, the Zar-Bori spirit-healing cult continues to hold tremendous meaning for some women in West Africa, the Sudan and North Africa, and even in the more progressive countries such as Tunisia, Kuwait, Egypt and the Gulf States.
This volume examines the "Amazons", whose existence has been verified via documents and eye-witness accounts from battles for the West African kingdom of Dahomey in the 18th and 19th centuries. Originally palace guards, the Amazons had evolved by the 1760s into professional troops armed mainly with muskets, machetes and clubs.
This important work embodies the results of an investigation into the everyday life, culture and religion of the Lovedu, perhaps the least known of all South African tribes.
A collection of 18 case studies of women in power in Africa. It focuses on the political and ritual roles of royal and elite women who are gathered together by tradition, choice and circumstance, and who, as a result, achieve and exercise power, and acquire and exert influence in the public and private arenas of...