Baganda: An Account of Their Native Customs and Beliefs

Baganda: An Account of Their Native Customs and Beliefs

by John Roscoe
     
 

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Missionary and amateur anthropologist John Roscoe (1861-1932) published this account of the Baganda tribe of Buganda in 1911, to preserve a record of a sophisticated people before their cultural traditions were undermined as their territory became part of the British Protectorate of Uganda. He had spent twenty-five years in Africa, during which he interviewed the

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Missionary and amateur anthropologist John Roscoe (1861-1932) published this account of the Baganda tribe of Buganda in 1911, to preserve a record of a sophisticated people before their cultural traditions were undermined as their territory became part of the British Protectorate of Uganda. He had spent twenty-five years in Africa, during which he interviewed the people in their own languages about their customs and religious beliefs. The Baganda is a straightforward survey of a traditionally organised way of life. Birth, upbringing, marriage, death and burial, clans, kings, government, warfare, and other topics are treated in careful detail. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the longest chapter is on religion, but Roscoe makes non-judgmental observations on customs which did not fit with western morality. More recent anthropological research has amplified Roscoe's findings, but has found little to correct, and this remains a standard work on a culture about to undergo a massive transformation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714617145
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1965
Pages:
547
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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