Makua

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Makua

 

a people inhabiting the central region of Mozambique, south of the Lugenda River to the lower reaches of the Zambezi River, and also the regions of Malawi and Tanzania bordering Mozambique. Population, including the related Lomwe, Nguru, Chuabo, and other peoples, approximately 5 million (1970, estimate). The Makua language belongs to the Bantu family.

Most Makua preserve their local traditional beliefs; some are Christians or Muslims. Their chief occupations are hoe farming (millet, sorghum, legumes), livestock raising (sheep, goats), and fishing.

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E, entao, esta guerra e muito dificil para mim, porque, ao mesmo tempo, ndaus, changanes, macuas e outros estamos todos a misturar.
(1982) Proverbios Macuas. Lisbon: Ministerio da Educagao and Instituto de Investigagao Cientifica Tropical.
(1989) 'O Povo Macua e a sua Cultura: andlise dos valores culturais do povo macua no ciclo vital: Maua, Mozambique 1971-1985.
Never, for example, did the Islamised coastal slave traders, Cotis (Akoti), Muanis (Wamwani), and Maharras (Anahara), use these names to designate local captives, but they were always known as "others", or "aliens", or a generic term, "macuas": that is, "savages" or "barbarians".
Even so, in the 1970s there still was talk of ancestors who were macondes, macuas, and maraves.
Among the people from whom this information was collected, there were Macuas, Niambanas, both from Mozambique, and Ngindos from the southern inland area of present-day Tanzania.
Que ces derniers, imbus de leur experience de la grande ville, de leur formation scolaire et de leur modernite, de leur fierte changane (tsonga), aient facilement verse dans l'arrogance envers des ndaus jadis vaincus par Ngungunhana, ou envers des macuas, sena, yaos, etc., cela est parfaitement plausible, voire probable.