Roscoe, John (1861-1932). The Bakitara or Banyoro: the first part of the report of the Mackie Ethnological Expedition to Central Africa

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Chapter I Introduction

Chapter Ii Totemism And Relationships

Chapter Iii Religion And Belief




Snake Worship

Sacred Hills


Fetishes And Amulets

Taboos And Omens

Concerning Fire.

Concerning Visits To The King.

Concerning Women.

Concerning Work.


Chapter Iv Government Of Kitara

(1) The Centre Of Government, Divisions Of The Land, Local Government, And Methods Of Taxation


(2) Law, Crime, And Punishment






Trial By Ordeal

Chapter V The King

(1) The Royal Enclosure

The King's Servants

(2) Kings Of Kitara And Their Duties

Special Ceremonies Of The King

New Moon Ceremonies

Annual Ceremony For Blessing The Country

Annual Ceremony Of “shooting The Nations”

Beating The King's Drums

(3) The King's Cows

The Nkorogi Herd

The Amasajwa

The Kironge

Ordinary Herds Of The King

Salt For The King's Cows

(4) Sickness And Death Of The King

Ceremonies Of The Tomb

(5) Accession And Coronation Ceremonies

Chapter Vi The Royal Family

(1) The Queen

(2) The King's Mother

(3) The King's Wives

(4) The King's Children

(5) Princes And Princesses

Chapter Vii Pastoral Life And The Treatment Of Cows

The Kraal

The Care Of The Cows

Diseases Of Cattle

Sheep And Goats

Chapter Viii Agricultural Life



Animals Of The Agricultural People


Chapter Ix Industries

(i) Iron-workers

The Smelters (bajugusi).

The Pig-iron Workers (omusami).

The Smiths (mwesi).

(2) Potters

(3) Carpenters

(4) Salt-making

(5) Bark-cloth Making

(6) Skin-dressing

Chapter X Customs Of The People. Part I

(1) Birth

Birth Of Twins

(2) Childhood

(3) Marriage

Marriage Ceremonies Of The Pastoral People

Marriage Ceremonies Among The Serfs

Some Marriage Customs Common To Pastoral People And Serfs

Chapter Xi Customs Of The People. Part Ii

(1) Illness

(2) Death

Death Of Twins During The Dancing Period

(3) Inheritance

Chapter Xii Warfare

Chapter Xiii Hunting

Chapter Xiv Tradition And Folklore

Traditions Of The Kings And Royal Customs

The Visit Of King Isaza To King Death

The Story Of Mukaikuru, Who Taught Mpugu The Royal Customs

The Royal Bow Of Mpugu

The Story Of The Royal Band Of Flutes

Kamrasi And The Cows


Why The Hare Is The Friend Of The Cow

The Hare And The Leopard

The Children Of Ruhanga

Why The Dead Do Not Come Back

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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: The Bakitara or Banyoro: the first part of the report of the Mackie Ethnological Expedition to Central Africa

Published By: Original publisher Cambridge [Eng.]: The University Press. 1923. xvi, 370, p., plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by John Roscoe

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Banyoro (FK11)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Pastoral activities (233); Special deposits (317); Smiths and their crafts (326); Public structures (344); Chief executive (643); Executive household (644); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Purification and atonement (783); Difficult and unusual births (845);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is an early ethnography of the Nyoro, which mostly focuses on the royal household and palace rituals. Much of the information is based on observation of rituals and material cultural practices. Some folk stories, myths, and history are also included.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 14

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. fk11-014

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

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 2002

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1861-1919

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

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


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