Ozongombe mombazu ya Kaoko: Cattle in Kaoko Ovaherero Culture

Published:
Publisher:
University of Namibia Press
ISBN:
9789991642543
Dimensions:
192 pages
Formats:
Paperback / softback (9789991642536)
Digital download (9789991642543)

Ozongombe mombazu ya Kaoko/Cattle in Kaoko Ovaherero Culture introduces Otjiherero vernacular names for a wide variety of hide colours and patterns, horn shapes and ear notches in cattle, illustrated with over 300 colour photographs and drawings which give it the practical value of a bilingual field guide. In depth information on the role of cattle in Ovaherero history and society, way of life, rites of passage, omens and taboos, worship and battle, and techniques of husbandry will interest students of agriculture, veterinary science and anthropology. The book documents cultural concepts and practices inaccessible to the layperson and many urbanized Ovaherero, but which are still current among cattle-keepers in the isolated region of Kaoko. This timely record preserves not only cultural information but language terms which otherwise could be lost within the coming generation.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1 Pastoralism in Ovaherero Society
Chapter 2 Solid cattle coat colours
Chapter 3 Colour combinations
Chapter 4 Additional illustrations
Chapter 5 Horn shapes
Chapter 6 Ear Notches
Bibliography
The authors