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Title Nitha : the Mursi / directed and produced by Leslie Woodhead
Published London : Royal Anthropological Institute, 1991
Online access available from:
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Description 1 online resource (streaming video file) (56 min.)
Series Ethnographic video online, volume 2
Disappearing world
Disappearing world.
Summary The proper time for a man to go through the Age Set Ceremony, the nitha, is just as he reaches physical maturity. But many years may elapse from one nitha to the next, so it is inevitable that some men will be well past this stage before they become 'adults'. Thus the occasion of this nitha, performed by the Mursi of Southwest Ehtiopia, gives adulthood to an entire generation for the first time in thirty years. The ceremony affirms individual identities as adults as well as their group identity as Mursi. The ceremony is performed admidst fears that this may be the last nitha. The continuing attacks on the tribe by the Bume and other neighbouring enemies using automatic weapons and the constant threat of drought and famine all undermine the existence of the Mursi
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014)
Event Recorded in 1974 in Ethiopia
Notes Previously released as DVD
This edition in English
Subject Murzu (African people)
Murzu (African people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Ethiopia -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Turton, David.
Woodhead, Leslie, 1937- director, producer
Other Titles Nitha
The Mursi : Nitha