Beattie, John. The Nyoro state

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Title: The Nyoro state

Published By: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. xiii, 280 p., plates: ill.

By line: John Beattie

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Banyoro (FK11)

Subjects: Real property (423); Territorial organization (630); Status, role, and prestige (554); Government institutions (640); Mythology (773); Ethnosociology (829);

Abstract: In this study, Beattie examines the political institutions of the Bunyoro kingdom prior to 1967. Bunyoro had been the dominant kingdom in the interlacustrine region, but was in decline by the time the first Europeans, Speke and Grant, arrived in 1862. Oral history and court ritual speak to a structural duality--typical of the interlacustrine states--between centralized rule imposed by outsiders--in the case of Banyoro by pastoralists from the north (BAHIMA) and a lineage-based organization of indigenous agriculturalists (BAIRU). However, Beattie argues that this structure disappeared with the destruction of the herds and that political authority rested in royal grants of land and political office made to Bahima and Bairu alike. The Banyoro never achieved the degree of centralization of the neighboring Buganda kingdom and Beattie examines the multiple reasons for this situation.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fk11-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-275)

Field Date: 1951-1955

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: 1862-1967

Coverage Place: Western Province, Uganda

LCSH: Nyoro (African people)


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