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Dossier November 2017

Malawi. Journey Into The Chewa Cultural Heritage.

Malawi is a country with over 10 tribes each with different cultural traditions and beliefs. Historically almost all Malawian tribes migrated from somewhere else with the indigenous ‘Akafula’ or ‘dwarfs’ being the original tribes. The Chewa tribe is the country’s largest, accounting for 34.1 percent of the 16 million people.  The second biggest tribe is…

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Marriage & Installation of Chiefs.

The Chewa people are the matrilineal society where married men are used to playing a marginal role. Marriages follow a matriarchal system where the man moves from his parents and lives with his wife at her parents’ home. When a man has found a woman to marry, he tells his uncles who will pass on…

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The Burial And The Commemoration Ceremonies.

In the small Chewa village, death has come; the bam-owl has announced it by its call. The myth of the blue-headed lizard, the messenger of death has become true. Time has come to perform the last ritual of passage, the burial and the commemoration ceremonies. The body has been washed, the hair shaved. The corpse…

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The Initiation Rites.

The initiation rites for girls take place in the village or a place close by it. This is because, among the Chewa, a matriarchal society, it is the woman who is the real owner of the village. When a girl is close to the age of puberty, the head of the family chooses a female…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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