Monteil, Charles, 1870-1949. The Bambara of Ségou and Kaarta: an historical, ethnographical and literary study of a people of the French Sudan

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Chapter 1 Origin And History Preliminaries

I. Origin



The Kouloubali

The Bambara Of The Tarikh-es-soudan

2. History


History Of The Empire Of Ségou (as Told By The Dyeli Karé Tammoura)


Origin Of The Kouloubali Or Ségou And Kaarta

Barama Ngolo And His First Descendants

The Fla-n-ton (2) Of The People Of Ségou And Its Development

Rivalry Between The Fla-n-ton' Of Ségou And Doua

The Kouloubali (1660–1736) Mamari, Called Biton, And His Descendants (biton-si-on)

The Ton-dyon' (1736–1750)

Period Of Anarchy (1748–1750)

The Dyara

Ngolo And His Descendants (ngolo-si-ou) (1750–1861)

Period Of Anarchy (1840–1843)

The Dyara (following)

Genealogical Table Of The Chiefs Of The Clan Of Ségou (1660–1861)

History Of The Empire Of Kaarta

The Descendants Of Nya Ngolo

Chapter 2 Concepts

1. Beliefs

2. Morality And Customs

3. Mantic, Religion And Magic


Chapter 3 Communities

1. General Considerations

2. The Patriarchal Community Or Patriarchy

The Patriarchal Community

I. The Community Of Persons

Ii. The Community Of Property

3. The Family Community Or The Family

Conjugal Union ( Furu )

I. Marriage

First Marriage

Second Marriage

Ii. Other Types Of Conjugal Union

The Family

4. Relations Between Communities



Chapter 4 Brotherhoods

1. The End Of Childhood


Soli (2)

The Fla-n-ton'

2. General Considerations Concerning The Brotherhoods

Origin Of The Brotherhoods





Trade In Boli

Mysteries And Liturgical Equipment

The Clergy

The Treasury

The Operation Of The Brotherhood

The Cult

Internal Discipline

Social And Political Role Of The Brotherhoods

3. Some Important Brotherhoods

The Komo

The Nama

The Kore (1)

The Nya

Chapter 5 The Clans

1. General Considerations

2. Clan Of The “people Of Ségou”

Development Of The Fla-n-ton' Of Ségou-koro

Furu-ba Dyon' And Ton'-dyon'

The Fama

Relations Between The Elements Of The Clan

Organization Of The Clan

The To-da

3. Clan Of The Massa-si Or The “people Of Kaarta”

Organization And Operation

Chapter 6 Islam

1. Islamism And Paganism

2. The Agents Of Islam

3. The Results

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Bambara of Ségou and Kaarta: an historical, ethnographical and literary study of a people of the French Sudan

Published By: Original publisher Paris: émile Larose. 1924. ii, 403 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Charles Monteil

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. Bambara (FA08)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Traditional history (173); Writing (212); Archives (217); Housekeeping (356); Property system (421); Gift giving (431); Personal names (551); Slavery (567); Etiquette (576); Regulation of marriage (582); Clans (614); Religious offenses (688); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Ecstatic religious practices (786); Missions (797); Humanistic studies (814);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work by a government administrator is considered one of the basic sources of information on the Bambara. It is primarily concerned with the history, beliefs, and social life of the people, with only incidental data on the material culture. From the author's descriptions, it is apparent that associations based on age grouping, religious cults, and secret societies are co-terminous; similarly, governmental and territorial control is exercised by the extended kinship group which the author terms 'clan' and which constitutes the community. As a result, data related to several aspects of the culture have often been assigned to only one of the principal categories. Chapter 7 of the original, which contains Bambara texts and their French translations, has not been processed for the file.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa08-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English translation from French

Note: Translation of: [Les Bambara du Ségou et du Kaarta: étude Historique, Ethnographique et Littéraire d'une Peuplade du Soudan Français] Translated for the HRAF files by Kathryn A. Looney in 1960

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1902-1923

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 Government Official-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. George R. Bedell ; 1960

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1500-1923

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Bambara (African people)


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