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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027243

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027243.001.0001

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The Professoriate of the Hunt

The Professoriate of the Hunt

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Transient Workspaces

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on Africa's professoriate of the hunt, a spiritually guided institution and practice that educated boys in the chase through doing and whose central feature was innovation and entrepreneurship. In precolonial times, kuvhima (hunting) was a transient workspace through sacred forests and an example of mobility as work. In chiShona, hombarume was a hunter possessing a shavé (spirit) of hunting. The hunter was believed to transform into a lion of the forest when in the forests, his shavé making him a predator, taker of the lives of other animals. The dual meaning of mhondoro as lion and spirit is connected to vaShona's philosophy of the forest as a sacred space full of malevolent and benevolent spirits, which necessitated that those mobile within and through it seek the guidance of the spiritual. This chapter considers what constitutes technology, nature, and mobility in the presence of the spiritual.

Keywords:   professoriate of the hunt, Africa, innovation, transient workspace, sacred forest, hunting, sacred space, technology, spirits, mobility

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