ZANZIBARIS (South Africa)



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Featured: Zulu, Basuto, Swasi, Bovale, Pedi, Lemba, Xhosa, Xesibe, Tshidi Barolong, Venda, Fingo, Lobedu, Zanzibaris; ®!Xo

[Zanzibaris are descendants of slaves from Zanzibar island in Tanzania and the Makua island in Mozambique. Today 97% is Muslim.] Oosthuizen (1992:p316-8)[1] details boy and girl initiation. Boys are circumcised (being “desacralized with jando as a compromise between traditional African initiation and Muslim circumcision”) and “[…] given advise with regard to sexual matters”.





Additional Reading:


  • Oosthuizen, G. C. ([1982]) The Muslim Zanzibaris of South Africa: the religious expression of a minority group, descendants of freed slaves. Durban, South Africa: Research Institute, Dept. of Science of Religion, University of Durban-Westville



Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Oct. 2004


[1]Oosthuizen, G. C. (1992) Islam among the Zanzibaris of South Africa, Hist Religions 31,3:305-20