New PDF release: The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic
By Paul Spencer
Samburu society is a gerontocracy during which strength rests with the older males; males below thirty would possibly not marry or in a different way assert their own independence. This nomadic tribe from the arid areas of northern Kenya hold to their conventional lifestyle regardless of the fast swap all through Africa. the writer spent greater than years through the 1960's among the Samburu, and as an followed member of 1 of their clans, he perceived how their values and attitudes are heavily interwoven with a social approach that resists switch.
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Extra resources for The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic Ethnographies)
There were other Loisilale settlements further south. Masula phratry were present in considerable numbers, but they belonged to different clans which did not tend to associate as a group in this area, and there was no really evident local clan group. Another clan, Nyaparai were present in large numbers in an area about seven miles to the south-east of this map where they formed another local clan group. A local clan group is also transitory. When there is a migration, it does not necessarily stay together; though individual members who move off on their own will normally join their clan in some other local group.
The Clan and Marriage Stock friendships are most common between members of the same clan. Clansmen are drawn together by their reliance on one another, by their shared good fortune in times of plenty and their shared hardship in times of want. To be members of the same clan, however dispersed, is to have an identity of interests. Another aspect of this clan solidarity is the general exclusion of members of all other clans from its intimate affairs, and the mistrust, amounting at times to hostility, between clans.
In theory the Samburu are free to move as they please; in practice their freedom is limited to several choices. In so far as any broad pattern of nomadism is discernible for the tribe as a whole, it may be said that as the dry season advances, there is progressive migration towards those water points which have not yet dried up. And the settlements already around these points tend to move outwards in search of better grazing. With the onset of the rains there is a wider choice for nomadism and the population tends to disperse more evenly over the countryside.
The Samburu: A Study of Gerontocracy (Routledge Classic Ethnographies) by Paul Spencer