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Title:Myth, Ritual and the Authority of Elders in an Ethiopian Society
Author:Hamer, John H.
Year:1976
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:46
Issue:4
Pages:327-339
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:Sidamo
acephalous society
ancestor worship
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159297
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1976-046-00-000032
Abstract:Discusses the mythological and ritual sequences honouring dead elders among two of the most esteemed descent segments of the Sadama of South-west Ethiopia. After a description of the religious and ritual systems, the author offers an explanation regarding the persistence of both under changing conditions. Sections: the Abo myth - ritual officials and genealogical connections - ritual - nexus between myth and ritual - change. Conclusion: although in recent decades there have been important changes in life style, the myth and ritual provide a sense of security which lends continuity to the identity of the people and provides a charter for gerontocratic authority. Fig., notes, ref., résumé en français.
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