09/28 /2011Introduction to African HistoryFacing Mt. Kenya: The Tribal Life of the Gikuyu written by Jomo Kenyatta; he was the first president of Kenya and was nationalist. This book is considered to be a great anthropological work. Gikuyu (largest ethnic group in Kenya)•Family Group (All family included; extended family/relatives, etc); they call the father’s brother “father” as well; not about biological father but more about the symbolic relationship. 1.Family is established in 2 ways: Monogamy, or PolygamyPolyandry (one woman has more than one husband)Polygyny (one man has more than one wife; most often in African society, and in Gikuyu society, no limit of amount of wives) ; Logic behind polygyny is the more children the better; Numbers equal strength.
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Presidential system, largest ethnic group, Gikuyu society