Southall, Aidan, 1920-2009. Lineage formation among the Luo:

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Title: Lineage formation among the Luo:

Published By: London, New York: Published for the International African Institute by the Oxford University Press, 1952. 43 p.

By line: by A. Southall

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

Culture: Luo (FL11)

Subjects: Lineages (613); Household (592); Extended families (596); Polygamy (595); Regulation of marriage (582); Inter-community relations (628); Status, role, and prestige (554); Termination of marriage (586); Property in movables (422); Cult of the dead (769); Mode of marriage (583); Sacred objects and places (778); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Kinship terminology (601); Kin relationships (602); Parents-in-law and children-in-law (606);

Abstract: The purpose of this article, as stated by the author, a professional ethnologist, is to document certain aspects of the theoretical relationship of lineage to family; to demonstrate and interpret the structural importance of females in a system based on strict patrilineal descent; to show the divergence between norm and practice in Luo lineage concepts and Luo lineage activities; and to explain the process by which new lineages of different types are formed by reference to current or recent examples.

Document Number: 17

Document ID: fl11-017

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1946-47

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1946-1952

Coverage Place: Luoland, Kenya

LCSH: Luo (Kenyan and Tanzanian people)//Luo (Nilotic tribe)//Kinship--Kenya


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