Leakey, L. S. B. (Louis Seymour Bazett), 1903-1972. Mau Mau and the Kikuyu

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Title: Mau Mau and the Kikuyu

Published By: London: Methuen & Co., 1952. xi, 115 p

By line: L. S. B. Leakey

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

Culture: Gikuyu (FL10)

Subjects: Political movements (668); Revolution (669); External relations (648); Traditional history (173); History (175); Real property (423); Acquisition and relinquishment of property (425); Land use (311); Settlement patterns (361); Marriage (580); Family (590); Kin groups (610); Ecclesiastical organization (790);

Abstract: The author, an authority on the Kikuyu and the prehistory of East Africa, was born and bred among the Kikuyu people. This book was written specifically to show how and why the Mau Mau movement has come into being, and what should be done to alleviate its causes. Part I of the book gives a summary of Kikuyu institutions and beliefs prior to the coming of the Europeans; particularly that of land tenure, marriage customs, initiation ceremonies, social organization, religious beliefs and magical practices. Part II traces the breakdown of these institutions and beliefs under the impact of European missionary and colonial activities, and the consequent rise of anti-European religious and political movements culminating in the outbreak of Mau Mau violence. Part III is a presentation of remedial measures suggested by the author. For an exposition of the Kikuyu point of view from an active participant in the Anti-European movement, see 4: Kenyatta of this file.

Document Number: 3

Document ID: fl10-003

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: ca. 1925-1952

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1925-1952

Coverage Place: Kenya

LCSH: Kikuyu (African people)


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