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Ethnology of A-Kamba and Other East African Tribes

Ethnology of A-Kamba and Other East African Tribes


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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108010443

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  • C. W. Hobley (1867–1947) was a colonial administrator who was stationed in Kenya between 1894 and 1921. Following the implementation of Indirect Rule in Kenya, indigenous law and custom were followed in political and judicial proceedings, with the colonial administration requiring a working knowledge of traditional customs. This book contains information collected by C. W. Hobley during his tenure as administrator of Nyanza Province and was first published in 1910 as part of the Cambridge Archaeological and Ethnological Series. This detailed ethnography was the first systematic survey of the Kamba people, and provides a comprehensive description of their traditional society, cultural practices and political and economic life. A description of the social organization of the Masai people is also provided. This volume contains views on ethnicity which were acceptable at the time it was first published.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108010443
    • length: 250 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prefatory note
    Part I:
    1. Distribution of the A-Kamba
    2. Physical characteristics
    3. Food, meals, etc.
    4. Personal ornamentation, etc.
    5. Agriculture and crops
    6. Cattle brands, etc.
    7. Industries and arts
    8. Dress, personal ornaments, etc.
    9. Weapons, warfare, etc.
    10. Social and other grades of kinship
    11. Salutations, measurement of time, natural phenomena, dances, riddles, etc.
    12. Miscellaneous
    13. Birth customs
    14. Marriage customs
    15. Death and burial customs
    16. Circumcision
    17. Law, land tenure, etc.
    18. Religion and beliefs
    19. Medicine men, magic, etc.
    20. Prohibitions, omens, etc.
    21. Folk lore
    Part II:
    1. Social organization of the Masai
    2. Names of children, shield patterns, cattle brands
    3. Early colonization of British east African highlands
    4. A-Kikuyu history and notes on land tenure, magic, etc.
    5. Notes on the Mogogodo tribe, with vocabulary
    6. Notes on the Mweru tribe
    7. Notes on the Sambur, Laikipiak, Elgeyo, Uasingishu tribes and their sub-divisions

  • Author

    C. W. Hobley

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