The relationship between mbira dzavadzimu modes and Zezuru ancestral spirit possession.

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dc.contributor.advisor Opondo, Patricia Achieng.
dc.creator Matiure, Perminus. 2010-08-20T06:00:44Z 2010-08-20T06:00:44Z 2009 2009
dc.description Thesis (M.Mus.)-University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, 2009. en_US
dc.description.abstract The relationship between mbira dzavadzimu mode and Zezuru Spirit Possession. This thesis investigates the relationship between mbira dzavadzimu modes and different levels of Zezuru spirit possession. The research adopted an ethnographic paradigm. Fieldwork, participant observation, face-to-face interviews and video recordings were employed during data collection. The theoretical underpinnings of the research were grounded in Neher’s 1960 theory of auditory driving1, Seeger’s 1987 theory of metamorphosis, Wiredu’s 2007 theory of interpretation and Tempels’ 1959 theory of cosmology. The researcher carried out the research from an emic perspective. Both deep reflexivity and narrative reflexivity frameworks were used in the writing of this documentation and editing of my film. The position of mbira music in the religious life of the Zezuru is quite significant in that it is used to evoke spirits in spirit mediums during occasions when the Zezuru communicate with their ancestors. Mbira music is embedded in the modes and tuning systems played on the mbira. The Zezuru believe that the modes belong to the ancestors and are passed from generation to generation as part of their heritage. My hypothesis is that mbira dzavadzimu modes are responsible for evoking spirits in spirit mediums.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Zezuru (African people)--Music--History and criticism. en_US
dc.subject Mbira. en_US
dc.subject Etnomusicology--Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.subject Spirit possession--Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.subject Music--Religious aspects. en_US
dc.subject Music and anthropology. en_US
dc.subject Theses--Music. en_US
dc.title The relationship between mbira dzavadzimu modes and Zezuru ancestral spirit possession. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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