oa Alternation - !Khwa and Menstruation in Narratives of the /Xam Bushmen

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The narratives referred to in this paper have been selected from the collection of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd according to specific criteria. Firstly, they are stories involving the people of the Early Race, whom the /Xam referred to as the '!Xwe!na-ssho!ke' (Bleek & Lloyd 1911:73), and secondly, they descriptionbe conflict between an individual. usually a young woman, and traditional customs or rituals. They are distinguished from other narratives which appear in the Bleek and Lloyd collections because they all deal with gender issues. This does not exclude comparison with the other narratives in terms of characteristics of form.

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