Lambert, H. E.. Kikuyu social and political institutions

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Title: Kikuyu social and political institutions

Published By: London: International African Institute, 1956. 149 p.: map

By line: H. E. Lambert

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Gikuyu (FL10)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Territorial hierarchy (631); Personal names (551); Age stratification (561); Puberty and initiation (881); Regulation of marriage (582); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Childhood activities (857); Disasters (731); Premarital sex relations (836);

Abstract: This source is primarily a study of the organization of Kikuyu age sets and their social and political functions. Institutions which are intimately connected with the age sets such as the initiatory rites and the 'kiama' are discussed in detail. The division of political powers, the selection of local leaders, and the functioning of the judicial and legislative machinery are the main political topics described in this volume. Information on the nearby Meru, Chuka, Embu and Tharaka peoples has been marked for the Chuka file. The Kikuyu 'kiama' which has social as well as political functions is marked for 575 Sodalities. Its military and judicial functions, however, are marked for categories 701 and 692 respectively.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fl10-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: ca. 1935-1955

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1935-1956

Coverage Place: Kenya

LCSH: Kikuyu (African people)


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