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Title:Historical Significance Contained in Naming
Author:Kakai, Pius W.
Year:1996
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History (ISSN 0251-0391)
Volume:25
Pages:154-160
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:Luyia
personal names
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
History, Archaeology
history
names
culture
Abstract:A name encapsulates a people's identity, culture, and history. Examples of ritualistic names among the Abatachoni, a subethnic group of the Abaluyia (or Luhya), who live mainly in Bungoma and Lugari-Malava Districts of Western Province, Kenya, and of names associated with heroic leaders, demonstrate that certain names given to rituals, institutions and people evoke particular connotations. Changing or removing those names changes the connotations and signals. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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