Mapira: Shona Ceremonies


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This book describes many different Shona ceremonies, including those done after death, ceremonies for ancestor spirits, and ceremonies for many types of ‘shave’ spirits, including mermaid spirits, spirits for playing mbira, and more. The author is Patience Chaitezvi Munjeri – mbira player and immense Shona culture resource – in collaboration with Erica Azim.


  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Ceremony for a New Ancestor Spirit
  • Chapter 3. Ceremony to Appease a Family’s Ancestor Spirits
  • Chapter 4. Ceremony for a Family’s Female Ancestor Spirits
  • Chapter 5. Series of Ceremonies After Death
  • Chapter 6. Thanksgiving Ceremony (Matendo)
  • Chapter 7. Mukwerera Rain-making Ceremony
  • Chapter 8. Shave Ceremonies: Njuzu (Mermaid Spirits)
  • Chapter 9. Other Shave Ceremonies
  • Chapter 10. Appropriate Behavior in Ceremonies
  • Figures
  • Glossary

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Title Mapira: Shona Ceremonies
SKU books-35005
Product Format

Download, Paperback Book