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Title:The role of Utani in Eastern Tanzanian clan histories
Author:Lucas, Stephen A.
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:race relations
oral history
Abstract:The major theme of this paper is suggested by oral traditions collected from the clans of the Doe, Kwere and Zaramo peoples of Eastern Tanzania. Utani is a system of ritual integration closely linked to cultural and, to a lesser extent, socio-economic differentiation between the groups and individuals who practice it. The second part of this paper gives an overview of utani itself, its definition, theories which have been advanced to explain its role in society, and current research efforts. The third part demonstrates how utani not only serves as an interaction mechanism but also operates conceptually to order and rank local groups in terms of their social histories. Notes.