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Write a 1000 Word Review of Lewis’s Ethnographic Explanation of ‘Ekila’. Do Not Make Use of Extensive Direct Quotations from the Texts.

  • Submitted by: Mleonard1
  • on March 1, 2014
  • Category: Social Issues
  • Length: 966 words

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Write a 1000 word review of Lewis’s ethnographic explanation of ‘ekila’. Do not make use of extensive direct quotations from the texts.

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In Lewis’s study and discussion of the Mbendjele he presents ekila as an omnipresent “spiritual force” existing inside of all living entities. As a social device ekila is central in creating an egalitarian society as well as perpetuating the tribes norms and values, creating one universal “collective conscience,” and promoting community.
Within As well as words: Congo Pygmy Hunting, Mimicry and Play, Lewis examines the role and consequences of communication in relation to ekila. Lewis highlights the gender division between language and speech patterns. For example, Mbendjele women are encouraged to be vociferous and critical of men as the, “shaming element of such speech is central to women’s power in society” (1). This practice know as “moadjo ya baito” (2009: 10) is utilised to diffuse tension and conflict within Mbendjele society. Women’s speech and especially humour is consistently underlined with an ethical context that is used to diffuse tensions and conflict whilst promoting and “informally” (2009:10) educating “those present about Mbendjele moral values” (2009: 10). Furthermore women use this speech and language difference to compound gender division by renouncing debt and labour whilst satirising it.
Ekila encourages egalitarian gender roles within the Mbendjele. “Women walk in large groups, rarely alone,” (2009: 3) and “yodel loudly” (2009: 3). This serves as a deterrent to large animals that may be provoked by the odour of menstrual blood.   This transcends to village life where women practice “their daily activities in noisy groups” (2009: 3). This grouping derived from biology compounds the legitimacy of both gender division and ekila...

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