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Title:The Thorny Road from Primary to Secondary Source: The Cult of Mumbo and the 1914 Sack of Kisii
Author:Maxon, Robert M.ISNI
Year:1986
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:13
Pages:261-268
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:African religions
cults
rebellions
1914
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Bibliography/Research
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171545
Abstract:The cult of Mumbo has been recognized as an important response to colonial rule among the Gusii and Luo of western Kenya from the period just prior to World War I through the 1930s. Several authors have also ascribed to it responsibility for the looting of Kisii town, the administrative headquarters of what was then South Kavirondo district in southwestern Kenya, in 1914. An examination of contemporary documentary and published primary sources shows, however, that the cult of Mumbo or its teachings had nothing whatever to do with the looting and destruction of Kisii town. The author offers a cautionary note on the use and abuse of colonial sources in Kenya history. Notes, ref.
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