La Fontaine, J. S. (Jean Sybil), 1931-. The Gisu of Uganda

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The Gisu Grouping And Demography

Tribal And Sub-tribal Grouping

Nomenclature

Neighbouring Tribes

Population

Population Densities

Language

Traditions Of Origin And History

Traditions

History Of European Contact

Mission Activity And Education

Modern Political Activity

Physical Environment

Agriculture 1 Economy

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Seasons

Methods

Diet

Livestock

Economic Organization

Division Of Labour

Work Groups

Land Tenure

Individual Rights

Land Transactions

Women's Rights To Land

Communal Rights

Trade

Crafts

Hut Construction 27

Agricultural Implements

Traps And Hunting

Weapons

Domestic Utensils

Pottery

Other Crafts

Woodwork

Iron Smelting

Social Organization And Political System

Settlement Pattern

Homesteads

The Lineage System

The Minimal Lineage

Ritual And Other Ties Between Lineages

The Kinship System

Terminology

Kinship Behaviour

Marriage And Incest Regulations

Affines

Adoption And Blood-brotherhood

The Territorial System

The Village

Larger Territorial Units

The Political System

The Lineage Head (mugasya)

Notables (bakuru)

Law

Public And Private Delicts

Physical Injury 3

Homicide

Blood-wealth

Theft

Adultery

Sexual Offences

Marriage Law (see Marriage, Pp. 46–8).

Inheritance

Inheritance Of Property

The Heir

Inheritance Of Women's Property

Procedure

Wills

Breach Of Contract And Debt (likobi)

Legal Procedure

Hearing Of Disputes

Procedure

Curses

Ordeals

Punishments

Position Of Women

Life Cycle

Birth

Twins 4

Puberty

Circumcision

The Preliminary Rituals

The Day Of The Circumcision

The Operation

Ritual Purification After Circumcision

Convalescence

The Final Ceremony

Marriage

Bridewealth

Types Of Marriage

The Marriage Ceremonies 17

Divorce

Death And Burial 19

Suicide

Religious Beliefs And Rituals 1a

The Creator Spirit

Other Spirits

Ancestral Spirits

Ritual

Sacrifice

Ritual Defilement (luswa)

Ritual Specialists

The Diviner (umufumu)

The Umudyuli

Other Specialists

Owners Of White Magic

Circumcisors

Medical Practitioners 11

The Rain-controller (umugimbi)

The Priest Of The Ancestor Shrine

Witchcraft And Sorcery

Witches

Sorcery

Owners Of Disease

Other Cultural Features

Physical And Mental Characteristics

Dress

Men 7

Women

Transvestites

Arts, Music, Dances And Games

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

Title: The Gisu of Uganda

Published By: Original publisher London: International African Institute. 1959. 68 p. maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication J. S. La Fontaine

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Bagisu (FK13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work, by J. S. LaFontaine, is a brief culture summary of Bagisu ethnography. The Bagisu are a Bantu-speaking people who live on the western slopes of the extinct volcano Mount Elgon which lies across the Kenya-Uganda border approximataely fifty miles north of Lake Victoria. Major topics discussed in this study are: tribal groupings and demography, language, cultural history and traditions of origin, physical environment, economy, social and political organization, life cycle events, religious beliefs and rituals, the physical and mental characteristics of the people, their dress, arts, music, dances, and games. This document serves as an excellent introduction to Bagisu ethnography.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

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. fk13-001

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

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 62-63)

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-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2003

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1890s - 1954

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Bugisu District, Mount Elgon region, Uganda

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

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