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Customary Law of the Haya Tribe

Tanganyika Territory, 1st Edition

By Hans Cory, M. M. Hartnoll


356 pages

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Originally published in 1945, this book was written at a time when an increasing European influence was affecting customary law in what was Tanganyika and this volume records different aspects of customary law such as inheritance, matrimony, divorce, property and the courts. Tribal structure in Uhaya is also discussed and a list of clans provided.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Inheritance 1. The Heirs

2. Heirs of Women

3. Right of Bakama to Change Heirs

4. Wills

5. Obuchweke

6. Divison of Property

7. Gifts

8. Status of Children

9. Administrator

10. Executor

11. Guardianship

12. Maintenance of Dependents

Part 2: Brideprice 13. Methods of Payment

14. Receiving the Brideprice

15. Distribution of Brideprice

16. Reimbusement of Brideprice

17. Brideprice Paid in Cattle

18. Brideprice Paid with Goats

19. The Ritual Goat

20. Brideprice for Descendents of Ex-Slaves

Part 3: Marriage 21. General Rules

22. Forms of Marriage

23. Seduction

24. Re-Marriage

25. Legality of Marriage

26. Christian Marriages

27. Restriction Relating to Marriage

28. Consequences of Transgression

Part 4: Divorce

29. General Procedure

30. Recognised Grounds for Divorce

31. Legal Effects of Divorce

32. Time From Which Divorce Takes Effect

Part 5: Law of Property

33. Real Property: General Rules

34. Public Tenure

35. Individual Tenure

36. Family Tenure

37. Communal Tenure

38. Squatter Tenure

39. Forests

40. Land Held by Virtue of Office

41. Trees Dedicated to Spirits

42. Water Rights

43. Rights of Way

44. Public Fuel Rights

45. Right to Cut Grass

46. Right to Collect Stones

47. Cattle Law

48. Law for Sheep and Goats

49. Fishing in Lake Victoria Nyanza

50. Sale

51. Loan

52. Pledge

53. Goods Deposited for Safe Keeping

Part 6: Courts

54. Court of Village Elders

55. Council of Village Elders

56. Court of Clan Elders

57. Chief's Private Court

58. Court of Cattle Owners

59. Court of Fishermen

60. Legal Procedure in Pre-European Times.

About the Series

African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century

Routledge is delighted to be re-issuing 79 volumes originally published between 1931 and 1988 in association with the International African Institute. Unavailable outside a few key libraries, many of these republished volumes were at the cutting edge of a fieldwork and ethnographic revolution in African anthropology in the decades after 1930. It involved the production of a wide body of fieldwork-based ethnographic documentation about the cultures of the different societies in Africa. Secondly, it saw a methodological turn to intense, localized investigations of cultural tradition and social change in a rapidly modernizing context. These investigations involved a more sustained and systematic, more professional and ‘scientific’ form of immersion and participant observation, than anything that had gone before. The sites of engagement were urban as well as rural; the pioneering researchers were female as well as male. No longer was the journal essay the repository of the latest research in the discipline, but rich ethnographies running into hundreds of pages.

The volumes are supplemented with maps, which will be available to view on or available as pdfs from the publishers.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies