Nyau, the masked association of the Cewa

by Kenji Yoshida

Publisher: National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka

Written in English
Published: Pages: 21 Downloads: 16
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  • Chadija District (Zambia),
  • Zambia,
  • Chadija District.


  • Masks, Chewa -- Zambia -- Chadija District.,
  • Chewa (African people) -- Societies, etc.,
  • Chew (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.,
  • Chadija District (Zambia) -- Social life and customs.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (leaf 20).

StatementKenji Yoshida.
ContributionsKokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan.
LC ClassificationsDT3058.C53 Y67 1995
The Physical Object
Pagination21 leaves :
Number of Pages21
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL884889M
LC Control Number95173380

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  "The performance I witnessed was the Gule Wamkulu, a secret cult and ritual practiced by the Nyau brotherhood during the harvest, as well as . Opinion - In early colonial times and especially in the s when a federation allowed free movement of people between Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe, tens of thousands of migrant workers came here.   marul Novem I see no defilement cause the girls were 13&14 years of age and the boys w14 &15 years respectively its just a rape case not what u have said ba chief sure and those nyau dancers they are minors and they must . Therefore Chewa boys are afraid to walk on forest roads. Any commoner, regardless of age can be at risk of being beaten if he stumbles upon an evil creature in the mask. Even some older people and the mothers of the children are frightened of Nyau – when a Nyau performer acts threatening during the dance, they rush into their houses to hide.

  Nyau is a secret society of the Chewa, an ethnic tribe of the Bantu. The Nyau consist of initiates that are regarded as mature members of the society. The Nyau society is .   The Gīkūyū traditional woman’s skirt was called the mūthuru, a simple leather wrap-around that was accompanied by a soft leather pubic apron that was worn under the skirt opening, mwengū at the front. The pubic apron is called the same as the gap it deals with, upper part of the body is protected by a cloak, nguo ya ngoro, or nyathiba, which can vary in length to just below.   Nyau/Gule culture is said to be a secret society of the Chewa people, who observe it as a way of commemorating ancestral events. Mazura told NewsDay ahead of a Nyau.   Abstract The way in which people approach ill health and its relief is often explained as a function of pragmatic evaluation. Through looking at a case of illness in the family of David Kaso, a Baptist pastor living in rural Malawi, this article suggests that trust or faithfulness may be more appropriate terms with which to describe people's approaches to healing and their social antecedents.

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The term 'nyau' has many dimensions – it describes a secret mask association of the Chewa, the self-made masks and disguises they use, their dancing rituals as well as the religious and moral universe they operate in.

The 'nyau' dancers represent the spirits of the ancestors and wild animals and portray as well as renew the rules and Author: Douglas Curran, Peter Probst.

Nyau masks are constructed of wood and straw. and are divided into three types. The first is a feathered net mask, the second is a wooden mask and the third is a large zoomorphic basketry structure that envelops the entire body of the dancer. Wearing the latter, dancers tend to turn around and around in a motion known as Nyau yolemba.

The girls' association and its masked dancers are called chisudzo. Among the Chewa, almost all boys between the ages of twelve and fifteen are initiated into the nyau association. Each village has its own association, but membership achieved at one village holds good at any other Chewa : Kenji Yoshida.

Among the Chewa, there exists a semi-secret masked association called nyau. The term nyau, however, refers to masked dancers as well as masks. The nyau masks are broadly classified into two groups: those portraying the dead, and those portraying wild animals. Of the two, the latter are described as "ayauyaikulu", ie Cited by:   The Nyau dancers represent the spirits of the animals (nyama) and the ancestors (mizimu) brought back from the spirit world to attempt a temporary reconciliation with mankind in.

David chose to approach the Nyau masquerade through the work of an anthropologist, Father Claude Boucher, who has done research in this field for decades and is an initiated member of the Chewa society.

All the information about the Nyau masquerade presented in this study is used with Father Boucher’s consent. While this approach does. The Nyau Society consists of both male Nyau female initiates, with different rituals and roles ascribed to each. Masks are worn by male members of the society only.

The masquerader is considered to embody the spirit of a dead ancestor, and therefore has immunity for any acts while masked. See Collection File Af, Collection made by the vendor during periods of fieldwork in Malawi (, and ).

Nyau is a men's semi-secret masked association whose major function is to perform masquerades at funerary ceremonies.

Mask made in by owner a Kalipindi, the masked association of the Cewa book by ni for the vendor in Nyau is a closed association of the Che drawings of nyau masked characters accompanied by name scrawling and other.

Books of Africa, Cape T own. Huffman, T. “The Nyau is a secret association of dancers” who use “masks and animal structures” it “exists mainly among Chewa.” “It is a dance of grass animals that” are the masked association of the Cewa book to be” reincarnation “of the dead.” “Nyau is a secret society whose membership is selective and restricted.

Face-shaped dance-mask (chadzunda) for Nyau masquerade made of wood painted black. Eyebrows, moustache, beard and temples of animal fur. Eyeballs of paper applied to inside of mask, teeth of corn kernels. Eyes lined with synthetic fabric, painted black.

Hair made of stained sisal. Floral cotton cloths attached to inside of mask at top and around chin. White-painted metal coathanger protrudes. Members of the Nyau brotherhood, who dance the famous "Gule Wamkulu," know how to keep their identities hidden. Now the group of initiated Chewa men in.

Possessed by the spirits of the mask, both animal spirits and the spirits of the dead, Nyau must not be referred to as men. Part of traditional Chewa culture, they are a secret society or spiritual cult.

Associated with ritual fear and dread, the Nyau are an important part of Chewa cosmology and religious beliefs.

Laurel Birch de Aguilar: Inscribing the Mask This book presents original research of Nyau masks among the Chewa people in the central region of Malawi. Masks are created and performed by members of the Nyau society, a secretive society extending throughout the central and southern regions of Malawi and contiguous areas of Mozambique and.

SOCIETY The Nyau cult: unmasking one of Africa’s secret societies. Members of the Nyau brotherhood, who dance the famous "Gule Wamkulu," know how to keep their identities hidden. Missionaries from the 20th century looked down upon the Nyau seeing there performances and rituals as absurd and immoral.

This caused conflicts due to the idea that it was fight over cultural influence. Later masks that represented the colonial era were made, this meant that the. Abstract. This paper examines the rock art of the nyau secret society of eastern Zambia and central Malaŵi.

The art dates principally from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It has been known to researchers since the s but has given up few of its secrets.

I was recently privileged to attend and be the only non-Malawian present at a ceremony of the Gule Wamkulu, a Nyau secret society of the Chewa people. This p. Prompted by Smith's () paper on ethics in African archaeology in which he encourages the critical archaeologist to develop caricatures in the guise of the nyau mask used by the Chewa of Malawi.

Nyau-maskers word van hout en strooi gemaak, en daar is drie soorte: ’n veremasker, ’n houtmasker en ’n uitrusting wat die hele liggaam bedek. Laasgenoemde stel ’n verskeidenheid diere voor, soos wildsbokke, leeus en hiënas.

Dit het name soos Bwindi, Chibano en Wakana en beeld ’n verskeidenheid eienskappe en soorte mense uit soos ’n flirt, ’n epilepsielyer, wellus, gierigheid. Reflections on Nyau image and, experience. Iwalewa Forum Heft 1, Zoë Strother has described a similar creative process for the invention of modern Pende mask types in Inventing Masks: Agency and History in the Art of the Central Pende, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Browse Pages.

Bands, Businesses, Restaurants, Brands and Celebrities can create Pages in order to connect with their fans and customers on Facebook. The authors of the well known book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, misled by the hoax, stated: 1. The Priory of Sion has a long history starting in ADand had illustrious Grand Masters including Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci.

The order protects certain royal claimants because they believe them to be the literal descendants of. This book presents original research of Nyau masks among the Chewa people in the central region of Malawi.

Masks are created and performed by members of the Nyau society, a secretive society extending throughout the central and southern regions of Malawi and contiguous areas of Mozambique and Zambia. Nyau. The word nyau means ‘mask’, and is primarily used to refer to a secret society of the Chewa people of central and southern Africa[11].

However, the word nyau is not only used for the society itself, but also for the hierarchy of the people who form this society, the ritual dances associated with it, and the unique masks used in these dance performances.

This association of masked dancers parades through the villages portraying the spirits of the dead. A Chewa man must belong to the Nyau society to attain full adult male status.

During initiation, boys are secluded in the bush for instruction and discipline for about three days. Masks depicting missionaries may have angry, cheerful or serious expressions, reflecting the varied masks created by the Chewa people are used by members of the men's Nyau association.

This secret society is involved in rituals such as. Nyatsi Association Of South Africa - NAOSA. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Nyatsi Automotive. Nyau Books. Book & Magazine Distributor. Nyau Cinema. Movie Theater. Nyau College. College & University. Nyau Cosplay. Nyau mask making. Product/Service.

Nyau mauf. Restaurant. Nyau nyau Based upon. Computer Company. The "Zilombo", or masked dancers, perform with extraordinary movements and energy, wearing elaborate traditional masks and attire. According to local folklore, It is said that the Queen of England witnessed a traditional Gule Wamkulu celebration, and was so captivated she asked to take some home; a request that was unfulfilled.

Without doubt, the highlight of the ceremony is the nyau, who perform Gule Wamkulu (or the great dance) in various costumes and masks. There is a certain reverence for the masked men among the Chewa. In fact, to the Chewa the nyau are not human beings at all, but creatures – creatures of the underworld representing spirits of the dead.

Nyau culture is a secret society of the Chewa, a tribe of the Bantu people from Central and Southern Africa who observe a series of secret rituals which are associated with their society — a. All is not well in Mvurwi where a man got his hut torched for revealing Nyau secrets and positively identifying masked dancers on stage.

Edmore Sakara (31) appeared before Mvurwi resident Magistrate Artwell Sanyatwe as a complainant after his hut was torched by Wellington Lameck (29) of Forester C Farm a member of a Nyau group based in Mvurwi.The photos convey an extraordinary amount of visual information: explicitly detailed shapes, textures, patterns, colours, and onally, as in the photo of a Woiepa Sakwea mask, a.