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Gender Socialization: Sub-Saharan Africa: Swahili Societies
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Unyago is an initiation ritual performed as part of the socialization process in Swahili societies. These societies along the coast of East Africa and on the nearby islands have absorbed many different cultural traits through close ties within Africa and across the Indian Ocean. Girls' initiation rituals were introduced in Swahili societies by female slaves from Tanganyika, Zaire, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia who continued to perform their rituals after …

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Larsen, Kjersti, “Gender Socialization: Sub-Saharan Africa: Swahili Societies”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0083e>
First published online: 2009

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