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Title:Maasai Age-Set and Prophetic Leadership: 1850-1910
Author:Berntsen, John L.
Year:1979
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:49
Issue:2
Pages:134-146
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:African religions
prophets
generations
Maasai
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Religion and Witchcraft
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1158670
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1979-049-00-000011
Abstract:Aim of this study is to examine the process by which a prophetic leader or diviner established his legitimacy during periods of peace so that he might lead the people during times of crisis. An examination of the prophetic institution among the Maasai and the relationship between the prophets and the members of the age-sets provides insight into the process, especially the manner in which prophets emerged as leaders of the people during two major crises in the history of the Purko-Kisongo Maasai: the Ilaikipiak war and the rinderpest pan-zootic. Map, notes, ref., rés. en français.
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