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Title: The customary law and cultural practices of the Mahlalela lineage.
Authors: Thwala, Jozi Joseph.
School of Development Studies
Keywords: Customary law.;Genealogy.;Heredity.;Indigenous knowledge.;Succession.
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: IJAHSS
Abstract: The objectives of the study are to provide broader knowledge and basic truth about the customary law and cultural practices of Mahlalela lineage. They further help the lineage to rediscover its cultural identity, fundamentals principles of human life, norms, morals, and customary rules that govern relationships at various levels of society. The clan’s heritage and indigenous knowledge are recovered, honoured and protected. The significance of the study is to provide a research information about the customary law, genealogy and traditions of the clan. The succession plan of the clan which is hereditary will be discussed in relation to its socio-cultural domains. The historical order of incorporation of all Swati nation is categorised into Bemdzabuko (Fission), Emakhandzambili (Progenitors) and Emafikamuva (Late comers). The ethnic background, clan hierarchy and national roles are significant in this study.
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