The multiple meanings of moongo: on the conceptual character of doorways and backbones in Kilimanjaro

By means of ‘connective analysis’, this article by Knut Christian Myhre explores the multiple meanings of moongo among the Chagga-speaking people of Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, which resemble neglected meanings of the vernacular terms translated as ‘lineage’ elsewhere.

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By suspending the question of politics, it is shown how moongo is central to bridewealth exchanges and reproductive relationships, which provides new impetus to classic anthropological discussions of the house-property complex. The result is to treat moongo as a concept in its own right, which enunciates and concerns how persons and houses are transformations of each other and effects of particular relationships.





Published Aug. 29, 2014 3:44 PM - Last modified Nov. 28, 2016 9:12 AM