The Maasai of Matapato: A Study of Rituals of Rebellion

2nd Edition

Paul Spencer

Published November 13, 2003
Reference - 320 Pages
ISBN 9780415317238 - CAT# RU26638
Series: Routledge Classic Ethnographies


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When first published in 1988, this classic study was the first to relate the dynamics of the Maasai age organisation to the tensions within the family. Together, these provide the twin strands of a man's career, opposed ritually and reflecting a fundamental ambivalence in Maasai thought. The analysis is illustrated with extensive case material from the the Matapato, selected for this study as a typical Maasai group.

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