Zvaayungu and the Shaping of Ndau Modernity
In its analysis of young zvaayungu spirits, the chapter looks to the future and the possibility of forming new habits and semiotic domains. Zvaayungu only emerged after Zimbabwe achieved independence in 1980. Their status and identity are ambiguous and contested, but they participate in local engagements with modernity, the stakes of which have yet to be fully understood or realized. The chapter explores the semiotic continuity that shapes how events in the future might unfold as communities strive to flourish, addressing how semiotic instability can shape new realities. The modern becomes historical in the zvaayungu, and thus negotiable. The intersection of progressive time and the historical layering of the ceremony challenges the totalizing implications of progress implicit in discourses of modernity.
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