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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Boran Age-Sets and Warfare
Author:Baxter, P.T.W.
Periodical:Senri Ethnological Studies
Geographic term:Kenya
ethnic warfare
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The economic and social background of Borana warfare and raiding during the colonial period and up to the present is outlined. It is shown how herding, because it suits aggressive and irresponsible bachelors, fits culturally with warriorhood, and the contrasting roles of senior and junior age-sets, both in symbolic behaviour and in the context of everyday life, are described and illustrated. The final part of the paper is devoted to a description of the organisation of age-sets (Hariiya) within the gaada system of the Boran, and of the connection between the age-set membership and raiding. Bibliogr., notes, photogr.