A political history of the Embu : c. A.D.500 -1906

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dc.contributor.author Mwaniki, Henry S. K.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-29T11:16:19Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-29T11:16:19Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-29
dc.identifier.uri http://www.researchkenya.or.ke/node/22128
dc.identifier.uri http://repository.seku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/1270
dc.description Masters of Arts,1973 en_US
dc.description.abstract The major theme of this thesis is the growth and development of the ethnic group and the ethnic awareness of the Chuka people of Mt. Kenya region. The thesis begins with the earliest recorded traditions, which have been dated c. 1400. It traces the origins and migrations of the three cultural and linguistic groups - Cushites, Paranilotes and Bantu - which interacted and went into the Chuka amalgam. It demonstrates that Chuka ethnicity which developed in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries was not tribal or an expansion of kinship loyalties. Despite the 'youthfulness' of Central Kenyan historiography or perhaps because of it, a number of half-truths and historical myths have become a part of the literature of the area. The thesis seeks to demolish or clarify a number of these including the pure tribe theory, the ancient Bantu myth, assumptions of eastern origins, the Thagicu hypothesis and the primitive aboriginal Chuka image. Ethnicity arose out of interaction between the Chuka and the ring of hostile peoples, which surrounded them. Their neighbours were driven to covet their well-watered land, their abundant almost self-sufficient economy. The Chuka withdrew into a mountain fortress, perfected a military barracks system which embraced the entire adult male population and focussed their unity on the Mugwe spiritual authority. This occurred over a remarkably short period in the nineteenth century. The Chuka came under colonialism as a proud, unique and peculiar people, something of a mystery to their neighbours, the colonial authorities and modern writers. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Embu (African people) en_US
dc.subject Ethnology en_US
dc.subject African history en_US
dc.title A political history of the Embu : c. A.D.500 -1906 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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