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Nemeso ñ a four eyed manñlived in southeastern Zimbabwe in the mid-17th century. Stories about him are widely known by the Duma in southeastern Zimbabwe as he left a legacy, a delicious dish ñ of edible stinkbugs locally named harurwa. These insects, believed to be a gift to Nemeso by the ancestors, thrive in a grove (jiri) where no one has been allowed to meddle since the time of Nemeso, the medium through whom the stinkbugs were gifted to the living by the living-dead. The insects are a source of livelihood for the Duma people and for people beyond, and serve as a drive for forest conservation in the area. The wealthy stories of Nemesoís life have been passed on through oral tradition. This book, generated from an ethnographic reconstitution in southeastern Zimbabwe, documents the stories in a lively and fascinating thirst quenching manner.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. iii-9
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  1. Chapter One. Culture of the Duma
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter Two. Growth of the Duma chiefdom
  2. pp. 7-8
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  1. Chapter Three. Musikavanhu’s journey to the Duma
  2. pp. 9-14
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  1. Chapter Four. Mhepo’s childhood
  2. pp. 15-19
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  1. Chapter Five. Mhepo’s marriage and the birth of Nemeso
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. Chapter Six. Mhepo escapes with Nemeso
  2. pp. 27-32
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  1. Chapter Seven. Mutindi’s creative genius
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. Chapter Eight. Mhepo flees with Nemeso
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Chapter Nine. The return of Nemeso
  2. pp. 43-48
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  1. Chapter Ten. The reign and magical powers of Nemeso
  2. pp. 49-53
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  1. Chapter Eleven. Growth of Nemeso’s family
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. Chapter Twelve. The demise of Nemeso
  2. pp. 57-62
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  1. Back cover
  2. pp. 74-74
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789956791729
Related ISBN
9789956790821
MARC Record
OCLC
857277629
Pages
72
Launched on MUSE
2013-11-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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