Monteil, Charles, 1870-1949. The Bambara of Ségou and Kaarta: an historical, ethnographical and literary study of a people of the French Sudan

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Chapter 1 Origin And History Preliminaries

I. Origin



The Kouloubali

The Bambara Of The Tarikh-es-soudan

2. History


History Of The Empire Of Ségou (as Told By The Dyeli Karé Tammoura)


Origin Of The Kouloubali Or Ségou And Kaarta

Barama Ngolo And His First Descendants

The Fla-n-ton (2) Of The People Of Ségou And Its Development

Rivalry Between The Fla-n-ton' Of Ségou And Doua

The Kouloubali (1660–1736) Mamari, Called Biton, And His Descendants (biton-si-on)

The Ton-dyon' (1736–1750)

Period Of Anarchy (1748–1750)

The Dyara

Ngolo And His Descendants (ngolo-si-ou) (1750–1861)

Period Of Anarchy (1840–1843)

The Dyara (following)

Genealogical Table Of The Chiefs Of The Clan Of Ségou (1660–1861)

History Of The Empire Of Kaarta

The Descendants Of Nya Ngolo

Chapter 2 Concepts

1. Beliefs

2. Morality And Customs

3. Mantic, Religion And Magic


Chapter 3 Communities

1. General Considerations

2. The Patriarchal Community Or Patriarchy

The Patriarchal Community

I. The Community Of Persons

Ii. The Community Of Property

3. The Family Community Or The Family

Conjugal Union ( Furu )

I. Marriage

First Marriage

Second Marriage

Ii. Other Types Of Conjugal Union

The Family

4. Relations Between Communities



Chapter 4 Brotherhoods

1. The End Of Childhood


Soli (2)

The Fla-n-ton'

2. General Considerations Concerning The Brotherhoods

Origin Of The Brotherhoods





Trade In Boli

Mysteries And Liturgical Equipment

The Clergy

The Treasury

The Operation Of The Brotherhood

The Cult

Internal Discipline

Social And Political Role Of The Brotherhoods

3. Some Important Brotherhoods

The Komo

The Nama

The Kore (1)

The Nya

Chapter 5 The Clans

1. General Considerations

2. Clan Of The “people Of Ségou”

Development Of The Fla-n-ton' Of Ségou-koro

Furu-ba Dyon' And Ton'-dyon'

The Fama

Relations Between The Elements Of The Clan

Organization Of The Clan

The To-da

3. Clan Of The Massa-si Or The “people Of Kaarta”

Organization And Operation

Chapter 6 Islam

1. Islamism And Paganism

2. The Agents Of Islam

3. The Results

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Title: The Bambara of Ségou and Kaarta: an historical, ethnographical and literary study of a people of the French Sudan

Published By: Paris: Émile Larose, 1924. ii, 403 p.

By line: Charles Monteil

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Bambara (FA08)

Subjects: Traditional history (173); Writing (212); Archives (217); Housekeeping (356); Property system (421); Gift giving (431); Personal names (551); Slavery (567); Etiquette (576); Regulation of marriage (582); Clans (614); Religious offenses (688); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Ecstatic religious practices (786); Missions (797); Humanistic studies (814);

Abstract: This work by a government administrator is considered one of the basic sources of information on the Bambara. It is primarily concerned with the history, beliefs, and social life of the people, with only incidental data on the material culture. From the author's descriptions, it is apparent that associations based on age grouping, religious cults, and secret societies are co-terminous; similarly, governmental and territorial control is exercised by the extended kinship group which the author terms 'clan' and which constitutes the community. As a result, data related to several aspects of the culture have often been assigned to only one of the principal categories. Chapter 7 of the original, which contains Bambara texts and their French translations, has not been processed for the file.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fa08-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from French

Note: Translation of: [Les Bambara du Ségou et du Kaarta: Étude Historique, Ethnographique et Littéraire d'une Peuplade du Soudan Français]. Translated for the HRAF files by Kathryn A. Looney in 1960.

Field Date: 1902-1923

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1960

Coverage Date: 1500-1923

Coverage Place: Mali

LCSH: Bambara (African people)


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