Ethnologie de l'Union Francaise • 1 • Published In 1953 • Pages: HRAF Ms: 1-23 [original: 422-44, 467-468 ]
By: Leroi-Gourhan, André.
AbstractThis is an ethnography of French Somaliland. The first nine pages of the study deal exclusively with the archaeology and pre-history of the region. The author touches briefly on pastoral activities, food and food preparation, dwellings, furnishings and normal dress. Social organization of the tribes is treated briefly as well as the general Somali attitude toward prestige and honor. Circumcision and excision are the subjects treated most fully with considerable information on marriage customs included. In the last seven pages, the author gives an interesting description of Somali literature, with many illustrative examples of the maxims, proverbs, and riddles common in Somali folk-lore. The author, a French ethnologist, worked largely from secondary source material.
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Eastern Africa
- Document Type
- book chapter
- John Beierle ; 1960
- Coverage Date
- not specified
- Coverage Place
- Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia
- by André Leroi-Gourhan
- Translation of: La Somalie Francaise.
- The original French text is not included
- Translated for the HRAF files by Bernard Scholl