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Title:Inculcation of Ideology among the Sidama of Ethiopia
Author:Hamer, John H.
Year:1996
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:66
Issue:4
Pages:526-551
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:ideologies
Sidamo
generations
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1160935
Abstract:This article shows how moral order is inculcated as ideology through a series of life cycle rituals for men among the Sid¯ama of southern Ethiopia. The elders constitute a gerontocracy in control of 'hal¯alu', the moral code, enabling them to link household and community in perpetuating a system of subsistence production which generates sufficient surplus to support rituals and symbols that maintain the ideology. They encourage oscillation of males between household and community until death, when the authority of the code becomes transcendent. The author compares the Sid¯ama gerontocracy with the 'gada' age grade system of the Oromo-speaking peoples to the south of Sid¯amoland, especially the Borana, arguing that there are similarities as well as differences. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French.
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