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by Mathius E. Mnyampala,Gregory Maddox

Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Author: Mathius E. Mnyampala,Gregory Maddox
ISBN: 1563244055
ISBN13: 978-1563244056
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 31, 1995)
Pages: 168
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A reconstruction of the history and customs of the Gogo people of Africa, based in part on oral histories, tribal legends and myths. This work was first published in Swahili in 1954 and was sponsored by the British Colonial government in an attempt to promote "tribal" cohesion.
Comments to eBook The Gogo: History, Customs, and Traditions (Sources and Studies in World History)
Yndanol
A nice book of my tribe and clan history. I can see in the book where I belong.
Kulalbine
The Gogo are an ethnic group, 'tribe' if you will, in Tanzania. In histories of the region, written by Europeans, passing mention might be made of them. And then, invariably, from the standpoint of the British colonial records. Typically, the Gogo might be called 'tribes without rulers' or 'peoples without history'. The doctrine of 'terra nullius'. Scarcely acknowledged was a rich precolonial history. In the ethos of 19th century colonialism, the Gogo were considered barely more than seminaked primitives.
What the author has done is translate from Swahili to English the narrative history of the Gogo, as researched by the Tanzanian author M E Mnyampala. It is important because it exposes to a broader world the local history, as seen unconfined to the lens of the former colonial rulers.
The complexity of the narrative structure offers some insight into the sophistication of local culture that otherwise would be unappreciated by anyone not knowning Swahili.
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