Roscoe, John, 1861-1932. The Baganda: an account of their native customs and beliefs

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Title: The Baganda: an account of their native customs and beliefs

Published By: London: Macmillan and Co., 1911. xx, 547 p.: ill., maps

By line: By John Roscoe

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Ganda (FK07)

Subjects: Traditional history (173); Literary texts (539); Clans (614); Chief executive (643); Special burial practices and funerals (766); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: Roscoe, who spent the years from 1893 to 1911 as a missionary among the Baganda, has endeavored to present a picture of Ganda culture as it existed prior to the changes introduced by contact with Europeans, or in other words at about 1850. By the use of a minimum of comment and a great deal of objectivity, Roscoe presents a picture of these people that is vivid and powerful. The description is focused mainly on customs and associated beliefs and practices, and the reader is presented with a discussion of the general culture, followed by separate sections on birth, infancy, and puberty; marriage; sickness, death, and burial; descent; the sibs; their totems; the King; government; religion; warfare; industries (the exploitation of natural products and the processing of raw materials); animal husbandry; agricultural and food practices; hunting; markets and currency; wells; and a lengthy section on folklore. This material is supplemented by tables of anthropometric measurements, and by plans of the capital of the old regime, and of the Royal Enclosure. Although it lacks any theoretical organization, the book succeeds as a primary reference on the Ganda culture and people.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fk07-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes index

Field Date: ca. 1900

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: Leslie A. Clark ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1854-1909

Coverage Place: Uganda

LCSH: Ganda (African people)


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