The Gogo: History, Customs and Traditions

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This volume makes available for the first time in English the narrative reconstruction by the noted Tanzanian author and poet Mathias E. Mnyampala of the history and customs of his people. The work is translated, introduced, and edited by Professor Gregory Maddox of Texas Southern University. Professor Maddox earned his doctorate from Northwestern University. He has published several works on environmental change in central Tanzania and on the Gogo people and has taught at the ...
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This volume makes available for the first time in English the narrative reconstruction by the noted Tanzanian author and poet Mathias E. Mnyampala of the history and customs of his people. The work is translated, introduced, and edited by Professor Gregory Maddox of Texas Southern University. Professor Maddox earned his doctorate from Northwestern University. He has published several works on environmental change in central Tanzania and on the Gogo people and has taught at the University of Dar es Salaam.
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A translation of Mnyampala's local history of the Gogo, an agropastoral people inhabiting what is now Tanzania, first published in 1954. An introduction by the translator discusses the ironies involved in this collection of clan histories written in Swahili, the language of Islam and colonial administration, and provides an historical context. Describes the tribal and clan history of the area and customs concerning marriage, birth, child rearing, circumcision, and witch finding. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Map: The Gogo Districts
Introduction: The Ironies of Historia, Mila na Desturi za Wagogo 1
The Gogo: History, Customs, and Traditions 37
Pt. 1 History of Dodoma 41
1 The First Wagogo in Ugogo 41
2 The Coming of Foreign Tribes into the Countries of Ugogo 43
3 The Wagogo Fight with the Wahehe and the Maasai 44
4 European Rule Begins 46
5 Building the Fort at Dodoma 48
6 The Regions of Ugogo 50
7 The Council of Native Authorities in the Districts of Ugogo 51
8 The Native Authority of Mvumi 53
9 The Native Authority of Mwitikira 55
10 The Native Authority of Cinyambwa 57
11 The Native Authority of Hombolo (Zanka) 59
12 The Native Authority of Dodoma 60
13 The Native Authority of Luatu 62
14 The Native Authority of Bahi 64
15 The Native Authority of Msanga (Chilonwa) 66
16 The Native Authority of Kikombo (Buigiri) 67
17 The Native Authority of Matumbulu 69
18 The Native Authority of Nondwa 70
19 The Native Authority of Makutupora 72
20 The Native Authority of Makang'wa 74
21 The Native Authority of Itiso 75
22 The Four Federations in the Four Parts of Dodoma District 76
23 The Measure of Development in Ugogo Dodoma 78
24 The Increase in Revenue to Our Treasury 79
25 Gratitude to the Government of Dodoma 79
26 About the Author of This Book 80
Pt. 2 History of Manyoni 85
27 The Kilimatinde Fort Moves to Manyoni 85
28 The Native Authority of Unyangwira 86
29 The Native Authority of Muhalala 86
30 The Native Authority of Mgunduko 88
31 The Native Authority of Isseke 89
32 The Native Authority of Nkonko 89
33 The Native Authority of Mdaburo 90
34 The Native Authority of Itigi 91
35 The Native Authority of Kirurumo 92
36 The Native Authority of Jiwe la Singa 92
37 The Native Authority of Itumba 93
38 After the Appointment of the Native Authorities 94
39 Gratitude to Government Servants 95
Pt. 3 Customs and Traditions 97
40 The Leaders of the Rituals, and the Guardians of the Customs of the Age-Grades 98
41 The Origins of the Rituals and a List of Famines 101
42 Traditions concerning Pregnancy, Birth, and Raising a Child 103
43 Boys and Girls: Their Circumcision 104
44 Concerning the Marriage of Boys and Girls 106
45 Consummation after Marriage 109
46 The Death of a Prominent Citizen 111
47 The Witch-Finding Tradition and Types of Punishment 113
48 Types of Cigogo Rituals 115
49 Differences in the Customs and Traditions of the Wagogo Toda 117
50 Comparison of the Past and the Present 121
In Praise of Dodoma 123
Notes to Mnyampala's Text 127
Glossary 139
Bibliography 141
Index 145
About the Authors 151
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