Facing Mount Kenya: the tribal life of the Gikuyu

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Vintage Books, 1965 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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'Facing Mount Kenya' is a central document of the highest distinction in anthropological literature, an invaluable key to the structure of African society and the nature of the African mind. 'Facing Mount Kenya' is not only a formal study of life and death, work and play, sex and the family in one of the greatest tribes of contemporary Africa, but a work of considerable literary merit. The very sight and sound of Kikuyu tribal life presented here are at once comprehensive and intimate, and as precise as they are compassionate.

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User Review  - Thuita Wachira - Goodreads

It certainly outlines Kikuyu culture but not in a purely anthropological vein, but in a castigating manner to the Europeans who viewed traditional African culture as primitive. I'd have been more ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nadia - Goodreads

Facing Mt. Kenya is an ethnography about the culture of the Gikuyu people of Kenya. As early as the 1800s, ethnographies became an important means of recording the history of African peoples. Due to ... Read full review


Tribal Origin and Kinship System
The Gikuyu System of Land Tenure
Economic Life

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