- From Chimakonde or Makonde, the Makonde name of the language. (Wiktionary)
“South of the Zaramo, in Makonde-speaking areas of southern Tanzania and Mozambique, missionary workers likewise noted that people were voracious learners.”
“The Honzeri family from Honzeri Village in Kenzamba under Chief Makonde, approached Tsikamutanda to conduct a cleansing ceremony following the death of a family member in circumstances some members believed were "mysterious.”
“One night at Horombo Camp, our students held an impromptu Makonde-style drum and dance circle.”
“Some were interested in the animals we sighted, others in the environmental conditions, and others in the many differences between the northern tribes of Tanzania and the mostly Makonde culture of Mtwara Region.”
“Even though Newala is a small town in an isolated area of Tanzania, poverty and disease are wreaking havoc on the traditional family structure of the Makonde people and leading to an alarming rise in the number of street children in the community.”
“This included my pedal falling off halfway through the ride, walking 1 km to get it fixed; resting for an hour and a half for lunch; having a random guy try to sell me a Makonde wood carving, and then giving it to me as a gift after i refused to buy it; then taking a short nap under a tree before gearing myself up for the last 10 km of the ride.”
“West points out, however, that this was not simply a return to old beliefs; instead, concepts of sorcery actively shaped Makonde ideas about the new form of the Mozambican state, the civil war, and the new economic order.”
“Still, West does not essentialize Makonde views, pointing out the diversity of their perspectives: "At times, Muedans themselves challenged the ideas put forth by fellow Muedans who suggested that people among them could make external forms for themselves into lions, could make others into zombie slaves" p.”
“Building on the analysis of Mikhail Bakhtin and Jean and John Comaroff, West explores Makonde discourse about power and how that affected their participation in political life in the pre-colonial and Portuguese colonial eras, as well as the period of the national liberation struggle and the various stages of FRELIMO rule since independence.”
“He begins his study with a discussion of Makonde sorcery during the era of slave-trading and warfare before the Portuguese occupation in the early twentieth century.”
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