Originally published in 1959 this volume studies the ritual office of the Mugwe which was of great social significance among the Meru of the Central Province of Kenya and analyses the social changes and decline of the Mugwe which came about in the second half of the twentieth century. Until this book was published there was no published literature on the Mugwe - one of the most basic and firmly established elements of the old structure of Meru social life.
Table of Contents
1. The Meru
2. Visiting the Agwe
3. Mythological Origins of the Ugwe
4. 'Born to be Mugwe'
5. The Power of the Mugwe
6. The Position of Mugwe in the Social Structure
7. The Failing Prophet