Kopytoff, Igor. The Suku of southwestern Congo

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Title: The Suku of southwestern Congo

Published in: Peoples of Africa, edited by James L. Gibbs, Jr.

Published By: Peoples of Africa, edited by James L. Gibbs, Jr. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1965. 441-477 p. ill.

By line: Igor Kopytoff

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Suku (FO46)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Kin relationships (602); Lineages (613); Territorial hierarchy (631); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); General character of religion (771); Organized ceremonial (796);

Abstract: This article discusses three salient features of Suku culture and society: 1) a kinship organization that combines matrilineal descent with patrilocal residence, 2) a political organization that combines centralized kingship with broadly autonomous segmentary lineage groups, and 3) periodic initiation rites of males and females of different ages and from different kin groups. The author argues that this crossing of sex and age lines might have contributed to the integration of Suku local communities.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fo46-001

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 475-477)

Field Date: 1958-1959

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem ; 2014

Coverage Date: 1920-1965

Coverage Place: Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo

LCSH: Suku (African people)


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