Merker, Meritz. The Masai: ethnographic monograph of an East African Semite people

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First Part

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Second Part

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Internal Ailments

Infectious Diseases

Ailments Of The Respiratory Organs

Ailments Of The Digestive Organs

Venereal Diseases

Nerve Ailments

External Ailments

Midwifery And Women's Ailments

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Tales Lion And Ichneumon

Hyena And Jackal

Hyena, Jackal, And Monster.

The Man-eating Bull

The Sly Old Man

The Worried Father

The Wild Animals

The Punishment Of God

Proverbs

Third Part

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The Discovery Of Arrow Poison

Some Stories And Fables

Fourth Part

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The Creation Of The World

The Creation Of The First Human Beings

Paradise And The Fall Of Man

The Deluge

The Kenites Of The Bible -- The Smiths Of The Masai

The Deception About The Right Of The First-born

Moses-marumi, Musana, Etc.

Circumcision

The Naming Of God

The Fiery Serpent

The Ten Commandments

Some Further Points Of Contact

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Appendix I.

Appendix Ii.

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A. Physical Description.

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B. Physical Measurement.

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Title: The Masai: ethnographic monograph of an East African Semite people

Published By: Berlin: Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen), 1910. 31, 456 p. [HRAF MS: 1, 44, 623 leaves]: ill., map

By line: Meritz Merker

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1996. Computer File

Culture: Maasai (FL12)

Subjects:

Abstract: This extensive ethnography of the Maasai people was written by a Captain in the German 'Protectorate Troops' who, in his capacity as a military officer spent more than 8 years among the Maasai. Part One contains a discussion on the origins of the Maasai and presents Merker's hypothesis that the Maasai are descendants of the nomadic Semites whose ancestral home was on the Arabian peninsula. Part one also identifies what Merkert considers to be the three branches of the Maasai people, the Wakuafi (Kwafi), the Asa, and the Maasai proper, and discusses the sequence of their migrations from the Arabian peninsula to their current location. Part Two contains a thorough ethnographic description of the Maasai proper and the Kwafti, while Part Three contains a briefer, somewhat sketchy ethnography of the Asa. In Part Four, the author compares Maasai myths and traditions with those of the Bible and with traditions from Babylonia. The remarkable similarity between the traditions of these three peoples is used as corroborating evidence for Merker's belief in the common origin of the ancient Israelites and the Maasai.

Document Number: 18

Document ID: fl12-018

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: Die Masai: Etnographische Monographie eines Ostafrikanischen Semitenvolkes.. The original German text is not included. Translated for the HRAF files by Frieda Sch├╝tze. As the Asa are currently considered to be a branch of the Dorobo, information in Part Three has been indexed only for the FL06 Dorobo file.

Field Date: 1895 - ca. 1908

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; John Beierle ; 1972

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Kenya and Tanzania

LCSH: Masai (African people)

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