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'Johnston TF, 1990: Shangana-Tsonga Dance: Its Role in Exorcism, Initiation, and the Social Beer-Drink. Anthropologie (Brno) 28, 1: 89-99'.
This study results from two years of field work in the Northern Transvaal and Mozambique funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. It examines the diverse functions of traditional dance in Shangana-Tsonga social institutions, and its use as a means of organizing the ritual activities of participants. Traditional dance serves to reinforce beliefs and values; it reflects the division of labor and hierarchical levels of authority. Movement in Shangana-Tsonga dance is often symbolic of subsistence roles; dance performance may reflect the relative wealth and power of local chiefs.
Shangana-Tsonga dance - Ritual - Northern Transvaal - Mozambique

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