Kingship and State: The Buganda Dynasty

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Cambridge University Press, May 16, 2002 - History - 312 pages
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The precolonial kingdom of Buganda, nucleus of the present Uganda state, has long attracted scholarly interest. Since written records are lacking entirely until 1862, historians have had to rely on oral traditions that were recorded from the end of the nineteenth century. These sources provide rich materials on Buganda in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but in this 1996 book Christopher Wrigley endeavours to show that the stories which appear to relate to earlier periods are largely mythology. He argues that this does not reduce their value since they are of interest in their own mythical right, revealing ancient traces of sacred kingship, and also throwing oblique light on the development of the recent state. He has written an elegant and wide-ranging study of one of Africa's most famous kingdoms.
  

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Modern book about the Kabakas of Uganda. Search for Chisolo for the Ugandan variant of the Mancala board game

Contents

Preamble
1
The story and its making
20
Introduction to myth
43
Introduction to Buganda
57
The remoter past
69
Genesis
79
The cycle of the kings
122
Fragments of history
169
Foreign affairs
192
The making of the state
207
Reflections
230
Notes
253
Bibliography
275
Index
288
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