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