Some Aspects of the Multivariant Socio-Cultural Roles of the Sande of the Mende

Traditionally, Sande is a powerful female initiation-society and various forms of it are found in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Data on Sande among the Mende are of vital importance to the socio-cultural study of the Mende. Whilst the primary aim of the author is to contribute to that study, his broader aim is to discuss some aspects of the multivariant socio-cultural rles of Sande as reflected in its organizational pattern, its initiation rites, and its dance among the Mende of Sierra Leone: Rles of female-initiation societies in pre-colonial times – Organization of Sande – Initiation into Sande – Social significance of dance in Sande. Notes, French summary.

Title: Some Aspects of the Multivariant Socio-Cultural Roles of the Sande of the Mende
Author: Richards, J.V. Olufemi
Year: 1975
Periodical: Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Pages: 103-113
Language: English
Geographic terms: Sierra Leone
Liberia
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/484015
Abstract: Traditionally, Sande is a powerful female initiation-society and various forms of it are found in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Data on Sande among the Mende are of vital importance to the socio-cultural study of the Mende. Whilst the primary aim of the author is to contribute to that study, his broader aim is to discuss some aspects of the multivariant socio-cultural rles of Sande as reflected in its organizational pattern, its initiation rites, and its dance among the Mende of Sierra Leone: Rles of female-initiation societies in pre-colonial times – Organization of Sande – Initiation into Sande – Social significance of dance in Sande. Notes, French summary.