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The Gurage
A People of the Ensete Culture

ISBN 9781138598096
Published April 28, 2020 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Originally published in 1966 this study gives a detailed account of all aspects of Gurage life. An introductory chapter on South-West Ethiopia and the history of the area is followed by descriptions of Gurage settlements, ensete (banana-like plants) cultivation, kinship and marriage, the political system and religious organization. The author's fieldwork and discussions with many resident and migrant Gurage in Addis Ababa enabled him to provide a valuable account of a hitherto little known people and ethnographic area.

Table of Contents

1. Introductory

2. Ecology and Communications

3. Land, Labour and Ensete

4. Kinship, Local Organization, Family and Marriage

5. The Political System: Clanship and Ritual

6. Religious Organization.


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