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Title:Religion and Society among the Kuria of East Africa
Author:Ruel, Malcolm J.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic terms:Kenya
Subjects:African religions
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1157176
Abstract:This paper attempts to answer two broad questions. Firstly, what is Kuria religion about? and secondly, what is the place of ritual in this relationship? Much depends upon the answer to the first, for it is in terms of the answer that one is likely to establish the particular coherence of 'integrity' of a people's beliefs, held existentially in the context of their own social life. The answer is relevant too to an issue which has concerned those writing on related peoples of the same area as the Kuria - the problem of the relation between magic and religious beliefs. The second question considered - the relationship between Kuria religious concepts and their social life - is a continuation of the first in relation to their very elaborate and, in one sense, autonomous system of ritual based of passage. These rites are a very striking feature of Kuria culture. It is by considering them in thsi double context - as expressing religious values on the one hand while controlling social behaviour on the other - that these rites are most fully understood. Notes, photographs; French summary.