Originally published in 1959, this book includes detailed accounts of Nyakyusa traditions of origin, osmology and moral values, often in direct quotations from informants, while part of the book is devoted to a description of Christian missions, the growth of African churches and the conflict between pagan and Christian ethics and practices. The analysis of the effects of cchanges in the social and economic structure on the one hand, and religious beliefs and practices on the other, makes this a study of enduring relevance.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory 2. The Mythological Charter 3. The 'Divine Kings' 4. The Ritual of Chieftainship 5. Sacrifices at the Groves of Chiefs 6. Land and Power 7. Cleansing the Country 8. Rain-Making and 'Sprinkling the Homesteads' 9. Kasitile The Priest 10. Medicines 11. Nyakyusa Cosmology 12. Pagan and Christian 13. Twenty Years' Change 14. Religion and Social Structure