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The People Chewa: Gule Wamkulu/ Chew Nyan
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Gule Wamkulu was a secret cult, involving a ritual dance, practiced among the Chewa in Malawi, Zambia, and Mozambique. It was performed by members of the Nyau brotherhood, a secret society of initiated men.Within the Chewa's traditional matrilineal society, where married men played a rather marginal role, the Nyau offered a means to establish a counterweight and solidarity among men of various villages. Nyau members still are responsible for the initiation of young men into adulthood, and for the performance of the Gule Wamkulu at the end of the initiation procedure, celebrating the young men's integration into adult society.


on this subject: proclamation of masterpices 2005-Element inscribed on the Representative list 2008

Place/country: Malawi, Zambie, Zimbawe, Mozambique,
Series: 2008 Inscriptions on the Representative List/Inscriptions 2008 sur la liste représentative,
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:09:28
Author/director: Commission Nationale of Malawi,
Publisher/producer: Commission Nationale of Malawi,
Published in: 2004

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