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Origins of Kingship: Traditions and Symbolism in the Great Lakes Region of Africa
Much has hitherto been written about the people in the Great Lakes region, all of which is important when seen from various perspectives. This book has made use of earlier recorded observations. However, no history of a people or their lifestyle and thought patterns is static, which means that there will always be room for further investigation at all levels. The text presented in this study seeks to be a further contribution to a fuller and more meaningful understanding of the cultural history of the Great Lakes region from the inside. The author’s Karagwe grass-roots experience has opened up a rich cultural network, exposing aspects of regional history that cut across local boundaries.
Birgitta Farelius is a teacher, missionary and human rights activist, who has lived and done research in East Africa for nearly two decades. Over the many years she has spent in Uganda and Tanzania, particularly in Karagwe, in the northwestern part of the country, she has gained a detailed insight into the lifestyle of the people.
Contents: Glossary; Introduction; The interlacustrine regionenvironment and societies; Bacwezi; Languages and the history of languages in the Great Lakes region; Environment, clans and beliefs; God and spirits, clans and kings in beliefs and traditions;
The role of the king; Cattle, kings and aristocracy; Diviners, kings and Bacwezi spirits; Conclusion; Appendix; References; Bibliography; Index.