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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Gusii bridewealth law and custom
Published By: Original publisher
Cape Town ; New York: Published for the Rhodes-Livingstone
Institute by G. Cumberlege, Oxford University Press. 1950. iv, 67 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Philip Mayer
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Sociocultural trends (178);
Domesticated animals (231);
Acquisition and relinquishment of property (425);
Borrowing and lending (426);
Gift giving (431);
Mode of marriage (583);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Termination of marriage (586);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a detailed study of bridewealth among the Gusii
(Kisii) people of South Kavirondo District, Republic of Kenya, East Africa, during the the
author's first fieldwork tour as sociologist for the Kenya Government in 1946-1947. In his
discussion Mayer describes the processes involved in arranging the initial marriage, then
various aspects of the bridewealth itself, including data on its composition, associated
sacrifices and entertainments, additional customary gifts, assembly of goods by members of
the family, and replacement and recompense in case of divorce or death of the
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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 2005
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Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
South Kavirondo District, Republic of Kenya,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Gusii (African people)