Giryama Vocabulary and Collections

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Society for promoting Christian knowledge, 1891 - African languages - 140 pages
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Page 47 - a Fisi-ni, is the M'kuzi (see under Gawe, above). The members of the Hyena inspire great terror, as they are the depositories of the most potent spells and oracles. The Enye-ts'i, Possessors of the Land, are the three elders that govern Giryama and judge the land. They are chosen in rotation from the last two classes,
Page 75 - the twenty-first day, again, — mwezi-mosi, mwezi-hiri, until the next new moon appears. If there is an odd day or two at the end of the month before the appearance of the new moon, they are kept as " Jumwas " (rest-days). When the new moon is sighted, the seer exclaims, Ko ngo ! (prolonging the
Page xv - up to the present time. The other is, in these respects, what it might be expected to be from its character and accidents—a seafaring, barter-loving race of slave-holders, and slave-traders, strewn in a thin line along a thousand miles of creeks and islands; inhabitants of a
Page 27 - when the time comes for such promotion. The cycles always bear the following names (which are taken by their respective members), and succeed one another in the following order:—
Page 46 - flay the Great Skin " (?), ie they are shown the Mwandza by the Initiator. This drum, with its strange roaring bellow, is used to excite the superstitions of the common people. (2) Sayo ra K'oma, the Clapping of the Shades (the ancestral ghosts), is a dance which lasts only one day
Page 46 - who may not wear the full-sized loin-cloth. The mysteries last six ritual " days " of twelve hours each, which are practically three ordinary days. [The Giryama daytime is divided into ten mirongo, or decades, which are, however, only imaginary divisions. The hierophant of the Gawe is called M'kuzi, as if to say, the Initiator of the Greater Mysteries
Page 46 - or armlet denoting status, at the Nyambura dance, and sit in the M'oro, or Parliament, where at first he is usually content to listen to his elders, and learn the tricks of rhetoric. His ambition now is to become a member of the Azhere, Elders. These are— (1)
Page 55 - their candidature, which consist of flesh, beer, etc. He and his companions are called Nyere, and are still under the care of their hierophant, the Muhagizi, who completes this stage of his teaching by putting them through a course of medicine, teaching them simples and spells (but
Page 55 - the having been declared free of the— First degree, Habasi, follows in due course, and the youth takes his place among the Ahoho a Habasi-ni, Children in the Habasi. He is now allowed to have his share in the division of the fees paid by the Umondo

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