ISBN 9789970611027
Pages 340
Dimensions 210x148 mm
Published 2018
Publisher Makerere University Press, Uganda
Format Paperback

The Power of Culture and Identity

Imbalu Initiation Ritual Among the Bamasaaba of Uganda

by John Placid Wotsuna Khamalwa

The Power of Culture and Identity: Imbalu Initiation Ritual among the Bamasaaba of Uganda is a revised edition of Identity, Power, and Culture: Imbalu among the Bamasaaba which was first published in 2004 as part of the Bayreuth African Studies Series. While the first edition focused on Identity, Power and Culture, this new edition focuses on the Power of Culture and Identity. Since the publication of the first edition, more research has been done on different strands and dimensions of this rich cultural practice. Beginning with the general concept of ritual, the book explores the depths of the Masaba imbalu initiation ritual in particular. It vividly describes the seven phases of imbalu. The place and role of women in imbalu has been brought into sharp focus in this edition. The author exposes the intricate and subtle symbolism behind the personages, items, actions and gestures to reveal the underlying themes of identity and power, both personal and communal, interwoven in this riveting ritual culture of the Bamasaaba of Eastern Uganda.

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About the Author

John Placid Wotsuna Khamalwa

John Placid Wotsuna Khamalwa is a Professor of Social Anthropology at Makerere University in Uganda. He has taught at several universities in East Africa. He holds a PhD from Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany, an M.A./ Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and a B.Phil. from Universita Urbaniana, Rome, Italy. As a Senior Researcher, he has won awards and published scholarly works in his area of expertise.