The Bantu of North Kavirondo: Volume 1, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Bantu of North Kavirondo

Volume 1, 1st Edition

By Gunter Wagner


536 pages

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Originally published in 1949, this is the first of 2 volumes studying the Bantu tribes inhabiting the westernmost part of Kenya. The book analyses family, lineage and clan structure, kinship relations and the various rituals connected with every stage of the human life cycle. Also included is a section on European colonization and its effects and the magico-religious and ceremonial aspects of tribal life.


Table of Contents

Part 1: Introductory

A: The Country

B: The People

C: Survey of the History of European Penetration and Present 'Contact Situation' In Kavirondo

Part 2: Elements of Kinship Structure

A. The Family

B. Clan and Lineage

C. Manifestations of Kinship

D. List of Kinship Terms

Part 3: The Magico-Religious

A. Introductory

B. Agents and Forces Believed to Exercise a Mystical Influence Over Human Welfare

C. Measures of Protections and Prevention

D. The Taking of Counter-Measures and the Appeal to Higher Authorities

Part 4: The Rites of Passage

A. Birth

B. Circumision and Initiation Rites

C. Marriage

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