The Suku of southwestern Congo
Published in: Peoples of Africa, edited by James L. Gibbs, Jr.
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
Community structure (621);
Kin relationships (602);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Form and rules of government (642);
Chief executive (643);
General character of religion (771);
Organized ceremonial (796);
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 ID: fo46-001
Includes bibliographical references (p. 475-477)
Teferi Abate Adem ; 2014
Kwango district, Bandundu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Suku (African people)