Date: 6th, June of 2012
Fullname: Sheuzia Jorge Muchanga
Stream ----, Grade: ---, Student Number: ----, Classroom Number: ----
As a way of introduction I can say that the majority of the Mozambican families need to seek for a guilty person when there is a case of certain death, husband or wife.
The concernstems from the fact seek guilty of believing that people die of natural cause’s over-(spell) and not by disease diagnosed in a hospital. This causes people to continue to seek answers and guilty for thedeath.
Women are seen as guilty for the death of men. Rare are the cases in which men are seen as guilty.
"The widow needs to be purified to prevent that this condition causes diseases to theirchildren’s, so that will not create obstacles to their personal and professional life".
In the present work I will explain about this cleansing of widows - called Kutchinga.
Kutchinga is the rite thatrequires a woman who recently lost her husband to have sex with the younger brother of her deceased husband. This is for purification purposes, and to prevent a great tragedy to strike within thefamily.
Similar practices are recorded in other parts of Mozambique, but with other denominations. In Sofala, for example, we have kupitakufa.
The central idea is that between the death (or Lifu inTsonga) is not only a sad event, a great moment of pain for the loss of the deceased, but also "a terrible source" impurity "of high contamination, which puts all objects and all the people who came intocontact with the dead, all relatives, even those who live far from work and [there], in a state of impurity."
People in this state of 'impurity' (found by Lifu) are taken as a danger, with thebelief that convey the danger to others, because of the collective nature of traditional education does not even allow the separation of the worldly life "beyond", much less particularization of...