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09.28.2011 (Introduction to African History)

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09/28 /2011 Introduction to African History Facing 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 Polygamy Polyandry (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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