A Bilingual Study of a Ritual Circumcision Song of the Agikuyu of Kenya: Muumburo Na Maambura Ma Irua (African Studies v. 61)
By: Njoki W. Osotsi (author)Hardback
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The value of Dr. Osotsi's work is seen in how it demonstrates clearly the integrated nature of the arts, medicine and social practice in indigenous societies. Song, dance, poetry, theater, and medicine are practiced as tools of social organization and are assisting in advancing a more coherent way of understanding some of the complex art forms and rituals. This research shows a community performing the transition of one generation from adolescence into adulthood and in the process, creating a more integrated sense of nationhood and social responsibility within the youth.
The ritual of Gikuyu circumcision; names of initiation-sets; the significance of circumcision among the Agikuyu; women and Gikuyu circumcision; the decline of circumcision as an initiation rite; the performance of Gikuyu circumcision song; the Muumburo and Irua song.
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