Kalumba´s feast. Locality, history, and ritual practice in Malawi
Using the initiation of the new village chief (mfumu) of Kalumba (a Chewa village) into the local mask league (nyau) Probst on the one hand describes this festival (Mkangali) and on the other hand analyzes the difficult relationship of home and action in the context of the recent debate on globalization and modernity. He focuses on performative processes of creating locality and provides a panorama of this rural lifeworld and a society marked by colonial and post-colonial breaks which show, among other instances, in the conflict between Christianity (Catholicism demands abstention from ípagan´ rituals) and traditional culture and primordial loyalties.
Keywords: nyau, Mkangali, locality and performance, performance and locality, initiation and identity, identity and globalization, globalization and identity, Christianity and traditional culture, mission and tradition