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Bearbeitet, kommentiert und herausgegeben von Gertrud Boden und Anne-Maria Fehn unter Mitarbeit von Thaddeus Chedau
712 S. m. 12 Farbabb., 21 x 29,7 cm, Leinen mit Schutzumschlag

ISBN 978-3-496-00016-7

Text in Englisch und Khwe

270,00 € [D]

Oswin Köhler

Family and Society (Familie und Gesellschaft); Customary Law: Norms and Practices (Gewohnheitsrecht: Normen und Praktiken)

Die Welt der Kxoé-Buschleute im südlichen Afrika. Eine Selbstdarstellung in ihrer eigenen Sprache. Werk in fünf Bänden.
Band 4.1
Sofort lieferbar. Erschienen Oktober 2018

The encyclopaedia ‘The World of the Khwe Bushmen in Southern Africa’ presents
Khwe culture in vernacular texts compiled by Oswin Köhler (1911–1996) during more than 30 years of field research.

The current volume depicts Khwe cultural practices and norms within the domain
of social organisation as expressed by Khwe individuals. It covers a wide range of
topics including the life cycle – from pregnancy, childbirth, name giving, childhood,
puberty and marriage up to death, burial and inheritance –, as well as clan organisa-
tion, marriage order, rules of conduct, speech taboos, property rights, offences and
The edition presents the Khwe texts with grammatical glosses, English translations and detailed texthistorical analyses.

The author
Oswin Köhler (1911–1996), linguist and ethnographer, founder and head of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Cologne until his retirement in 1977. His main mission was the publication of the vernacular Khwe encyclopedia. Apart from Khwe, he studied numerous other Khoisan, Bantu, Gur and Nilotic languages. His academic legacy is housed at the Institute of African Studies at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and will be edited further during the next years.

Key words:
Khoisan, Khwe, Kxoé, Ethnography, Social anthropology, Legal anthropology, African studies, hunter-gatherer cultures, Southern Africa

Contents, abstracts and index

Family and Society (pdf)

Customary Law (pdf)

Band 1: Die Kxoe und ihre ethnische Umgebung

Band 2: Die Grundlagen des Lebens

Band 3: Die materielle Ausrüstung: Werden und Wandel, Wohnplatz und Buschlager