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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Spencer, Paul, 1932-
The Maasai of Matapato: a study of rituals of
Published By: Original publisher
Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press. 1988. [xiv],
 p. ill., map
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HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1996. 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
Pastoral activities (233);
Settlement patterns (361);
Age stratification (561);
Family relationships (593);
Military organization (701);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This work focuses on the dynamics of the age grade system
of the Maasai of Matapato, Kenya. The age grade system provides the central institution for
political action in the society. Much of the emphasis in this study is on the [n]moran[/n]
(warrior) age-set and the process through which the Maasai establish their warrior villages
([n]manyat[/n], s. [n]manyata[/]). These villages are established through a ritualized form
of rebellion directed by the [i]moran[/i] against their fathers. According to Spencer, this
is the '…first stage of an extended rite of transition separating them from the villages
ruled by the elders and culminating years later when they are themselves incorporated into
elderhood' (p. 5). A description of this process occupies the major portion of this
monograph. This study also contains data on the pastoralism of the Maasai, marriage,
childhood, the [n]eunoto[/n] festival, the status of women, puberty and initiation rites,
and family relationships.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-281) and
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
July 1976-September 1977
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 ; 1994
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Matapato tribal section, Meto, Kajiado county,
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Masai (African people)