The Sonjo of Tanganyika: An Anthropological Study of an Irrigation-based Society

1st Edition

Robert F. Gray

Published August 22, 2018
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781138589612 - CAT# K386668
Series: African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century


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Originally published in 1963, this was the first monograph concerning an African people in which an irrigation-based society was studied in detail and its implications explored. The Sonjo, a Bantu-speaking people isolated among cattle pastoralists of what was Northern Tanganyika, are remarkable for their complex irrigation system and political organization. The inter-connections between the irrigation system, the religious cult of a culture hero, and the special features of their social organization are at the core of this analysis.

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