Mair, Lucy Philip, 1901-. An African people in the twentieth century

Table of Contents

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Chapter I The Problem Of Native Policy

The Sociological Problem

European Contact—religious



The Problem Of Adjustment

Chapter Ii Buganda And Its People

Geographical Situation And Extent Of Contact

The Baganda Village

The People—appearance And Dress

Routine Of Village Life


Three Different Villages

Chapter Iii An Ordinary Life

I. Birth And Childhood

Social Groupings—

(a) The Individual Family

(b) The Household

(c) The Clan

Individual Life—

(a) Pregnancy

(b) Birth

(c) The Birth Of Twins

(d) Infancy

(e) Naming

(f) Guardianship Of Children

(g) Education

(h) Blood-brotherhood

(i) Adolescence

Chapter Iv An Ordinary Life

2. Marriage

Rules Of Exogamy


The Bride-price

Preparations For The Marriage

The Marriage Ceremonial

Modern Marriages

Marriage As Linking Two Families

Organization Of The Household

Matrimonial Dissensions


Divorce And Bride-price In Modern Conditions

Polygamy And Christianity

Chapter V Economic Organization

Inventory Of Objects Produced

The Calendar Of Work

Processes Of Production

(a) Agriculture

(b) Barkcloth-making

(c) Housebuilding

(d) Hunting

(e) Economic Magic

Division Of Labour

Co-operative Activities




Gifts And Services

(a) Services To Chiefs

(b) Customary Gifts

Accumulation Of Wealth And Credit


Modern Conditions

Chapter Vi Land Tenure

Rights And Duties Of Peasants

Authority Of Chiefs

Clan Lands

Changes Under European Influence

Chapter Vii Political Organization

The Political Hierarchy

The Kingship

Chiefs And Their Subjects

Judicial Functions

Organization Of Tribal Activities—warfare


Public Works

(a) Building

(b) Roads

The Modern System

Chapter Viii Death And Succession

Causes Of Death

Death And Burial

The Period Of Mourning

The Conclusion Of Mourning

Rules Of Succession

The Installation Of The Heir

Status Of The Heir

Dissolution Of The Household

Chapter Ix Religion And Magic

Ancestor-spirits (mizimu)

Divinities (lubale)

Special Provinces Of Lubale

Objects Associated With Lubale


Initiation Of Prophets

Peculiar Characteristics Of Baganda Religion

The Prophet As Magician

Place Of Magic In Baganda Life


Sorcery As A Legal Redress

Other Supernatural Sanctions

Christianity In Relation To These Beliefs

Appendix Note On Contemporary Performances Of Prophets

Chapter X Conclusion

The Economic System

Economic Individualism



Native Administration

Value Of Indirect Rule

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

Title: An African people in the twentieth century

Published By: Original publisher London: Routledge & Sons. 1934. xvi, 299 p., plates map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By L. P. Mair

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Ganda (FK07)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Acculturation and culture contact (177); (24); Real property (423); Community heads (622); Clans (614); Residence (591); General character of religion (771); Difficult and unusual births (845);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The Ganda are a Christianized African people living on the northern and western shores of Lake Victoria. This book, a doctoral thesis at the University of London, is the result of an intensive field study. Its objective is to describe native life as European influences modified it, and to estimate the degree of success or failure with which the newly introduced elements were assimilated and the reasons for this success or failure. In this respect, British colonial policy and foreign missionary activities are subjected to careful scrutiny. In the description of native life, the author tried, as far as possible, to reconstruct elements which had been modified or overwhelmed by European contacts thereby showing more distinctly the course of acculturation. The following topics are discussed at length in this book: physical environment, life cycle, marriage and kinship institutions, economic and political organizations, religious and magical practices, and of particular interest, ceremonies attending the birth of twins and the performances of the prophets.

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. fk07-001

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: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of London Includes bibliographical references (p. 289) and index The KIKA which had been designated as 'clan' by the author is indexed for Clan (614)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1931-1932

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. Robert Lee ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1931-1932

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

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


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