n Indilinga African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems - The Lambas of the copper belt/Zambia's behaviours and taboos 'before colonisation and Christianisation' : a literature review to accommodate research in the indigenous realm

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1683-0296



This article is a literature review of the Lambas' (AŴalamba) behaviours and taboos as documented before colonisation and Christianisation, from the diary of Joseph Doke, who died in Lambaland (IlamŴa) in 1913. The diary was published in 1931 by his son Clement Martyn Doke. The aim of this article is to examine the ways of living of the Lambas before colonisation and Christianisation, in order to promote mental liberation from a world where we study only Western knowledge. The analysis is done through the lens of theories of Sacralisation, 'umuchinshi' - Polite Behaviour and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. The concludes that mental liberation for Africans may only be achieved if we take deliberate steps to study and embrace the wisdom of our forefathers. The recommendations are that despite living in modern society, the knowledge of our forefathers should not be forgotten. Lessons of life originate from their generations of tested and proven ways of harmonious living, socially and environmentally sustainable.

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