The Kanyok of Zaire: An Institutional and Ideological History to 1895

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Overview

In this study John Yoder chronicles the history of the Kanyok, a people from the southern savanna of Zaire, from before 1500 until their incorporation into the Congo Free State in the 1890s. By analyzing their oral histories, myths and legends, the author describes the political and cultural development of a people who, before 1891, had no written records, and accounts of whose past had previously been confined to the sketchy recitation of wars and succession struggles that characterize many existing books on pre-colonial African states. Yoder sets his work firmly within the larger context of the southern savanna by extending his investigations to the traditions of neighboring peoples, in particular to the Luba and the Lunda, whose empires once dominated the region. In this way he demonstrates how the same stories and ideas circulated over a vast area but were continually adapted to local circumstances. Yoder's history of the Kanyok of Zaire thereby forms the nucleus for a broader and more composite understanding of the entire region.
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"...an important contribution to our understanding of precolonial intellectual history in Africa." David Newbury, American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521412988
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: African Studies Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of maps and figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction 1
Failed feasts and deadly dances
1 Wood and wine, gardens and game 6
The Kanyok land and environment
2 Stratification, symbols, and spirits 12
Early matrilineal society in the Luilu valley
3 New legends for new leaders 29
Emergence of patrilineally controlled chiefdoms, ca. 1500 to 1700
4 Serpents and lightning 51
Kanyok images of chiefship in the 1700s
5 Dances, moats, and myths 64
Ilung a Cibang rejects Luba imperialism, ca. 1800 to 1825
6 Combat, classes, titles, and trade 81
Elements of Kanyok society in the nineteenth century
7 Schisms and slaves, ghosts and guns 111
The Kanyok face new challenges, ca. 1825 to 1880
8 Assassinations, alliances, and ambushes 129
A failure of the feast, 1880 to 1895
Appendix Methodology 151
Notes 159
Bibliography 188
Index 198
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