ABSTRACT

A study of Matapato society is necessarily a study of the ritual process associated with ageing, for this provides the major dimension of their system. Within this process, their collective ceremonies are the nodes in what is otherwise a largely dispersed existence. At these ceremonies the meat feast is the one event that is guaranteed to draw a crowd and promote an awareness of the occasion. It is a topic that is complex to handle and too important to ignore. It bears on many points of this study and provides an opportunity to supplement earlier chapters, ending on a festive note.