Facing Mount Kenya: The Traditional Life of the Gikuyu
Facing Mount Kenya, first published in 1938, is a monograph on the life and customs of the Gikuyu people of central Kenya prior to their contact with Europeans. It is unique in anthropological literature for it gives an account of the social institutions and religious rites of an African people, permeated by the emotions that give to customs and observances their meaning. It is characterised by both insight and a tinge of romanticism. The author, proud of his African blood and ways of thought, takes the reader through a thorough and clear picture of Gikuyu life and customs, painting an almost utopian picture of their social norms and the sophisticated codes by which all aspects of the society were governed. This book is one of a kind, capturing and documenting traditions fast disappearing. It is therefore a must-read for all who want to learn about African culture.
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Chapter 2 The Gikuyu System of Land Tenure
Chapter 3 Economic Life
Chapter 4 Industries
Chapter 5 System of Education
Chapter 6 Initiation of Boys and Girls
Chapter 7 Sex Life among Young People
Chapter 8 Marriage System
Chapter 9 The Gikuyu System of Government
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