Gutmann, Bruno. Chagga law

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Chagga Law

Norms Of Blood Relationship

Sib Law.

Rules Of Inheritance.

3. Marriage Taboos And Restrictions

4. Betrothal

5. Bride-transfer And Wedding

6. Marital Discord.

7. Divorce.

8. The Paternal Authority Over The Newborn Child.

9. The Sib Test

10. The Illegitimate Child

11. The Sovereignty Of The Minor.

12. The Stress On The Child's Liability.

13. Adoption.

14. Expulsion From The Sib.

15. Blood Vengeance.

16. Blood Alliance

17. The Consecration Of The Hut.

Ii. Patterns Of Living On Common Soil

18. Land Rights

19. Sib Groves

20. The Rights Of The Beekeeper In The Mountain Forest

21. Age Grades

22. Corvée.

23. Taxation

24. Sacrifice Of Children.

25. The Peace Of The Gate And Of The Door.

26. The Right Of Hospitality.

27. Damage To The Fields

28. Water Rights (explained In Accordance With The Watering System Of The Wamotsi And The Wambokomu).

29. Finding Things

30. The Market

31. Mortgaging Of Land

32. Wara — The Lending Of Cattle

33. Loan Pledges

34. Barter (exchange)

35. Relationships Between The Creditor And The Debtor.

36. Guarantees (security)

37. Fee For The Physician

Iii. Laws Concerning The Social Layers

38. The Chieftain

30. Embassies

40. Female Chieftains.

41. The Parties Thank The Chieftain.

42. Return Migration And Farewell Present

43. Booty Rights

44. Defamatory Libel.

45. Manslaughter

46. Premeditated Manslaughter

47. Theft

48. Theft And Civilization

49. Arson

V. Legal Procedure

50. The Lawn Of Justice And Its Rules.

51. Starting The Trial

52. The Self-accusation.

53. Legal Fees

54. The Witness

55. The Testimony Of The Eavesdropper

56. The Swinging Of The Cursing Pot (ikapa Nungu).

57. The Thorn-apple Or Deadly Nightshade Drink.

58. Another Ordeal: The Piercing With Wire.

59. The Animal As A Substitute In The Wire Ordeal

60. The Self-imprecation As A Test Of Innocence.

A. Jrunduka (itola) Msango—to Jump Over The Msango.

B. Jkapa Ngarara

61. The Voluntary Call For Haruspicy

62. The Impounding Of Cattle As An Ordeal

63. The Donkey Ordeal

64. The Drawing Of Lots.

65. Tortures

Vi. The Law And The Individual Soul

66. The Legal Instinct

67. The Native And The Oath

68. The Lie

69. The Chagga Conscience

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Title: Chagga law

Published By: Munchen: C. H. Beck, 1926. HRAF ms: 1-733 p.

By line: Bruno Gutmann

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

Culture: Chagga (FN04)

Subjects: Legal norms (671); Legal and judicial personnel (693); Trial procedure (695); Initiation of judicial proceedings (694); Judicial authority (692); Social offenses (689); Community heads (622); Personal names (551); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Avoidance and taboo (784); Childbirth (844); Rule of descent (611); Ethnozoology (825); Clans (614); Status, role, and prestige (554); Family relationships (593); Polygamy (595); Mode of marriage (583); Nuptials (585); Inheritance (428); Informal in-group justice (627); Gift giving (431); Kin relationships (602); Chief executive (643); Property in movables (422); Gender status (562); Puberty and initiation (881); Borrowing and lending (426); Real property (423); Ethics (577);

Abstract: Gutmann was a missionary and occasional adviser to the German colonial government for more than two decades. He presents here a detailed description of Chagga institutions, tracing legal concepts and practices and the general norms of the society. At the same time he gives attention to historical developments, instituted changes and cultural trends. Many ritualistic practices are described. Incantations are often quoted in full but it is not clearly stated whether or not these quotations are verbatim. Such long passages, many of which have been excerpted in category 789, often refer to particular aspects of the culture which are not expressly mentioned otherwise in the book. Because of close interrelationship between Chagga law and religion, categories under both headings should be consulted for legal subjects. A great number of native terms have been used by the author to describe native institutions. Those which occur frequently are arranged in a glossary, category 104.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fn04-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Das Recht der Dschagga]. Translated for the HRAF files by A. M. Nagler in 1953. Omitted from the Files: Occasional passages not pertinent to Chagga life. These omissions are explained in bracketed notes in the text. The paging of the translation is consecutive.

Field Date: 1906-1926

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: Thomas Maretski ; 1953 : Teferi Abate Adem; 2010

Coverage Date: 1900-1926

Coverage Place: Chagga, Tanzania

LCSH: Chaga (African people)//Law, Primitive


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