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Title:The Giriama war, 1914-1915
Author:Temu, A.J.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Geographic term:Kenya
Abstract:Analyses the background, the rationale and the reasons behind the Giriama war, its organization and its effect on the Giriama, the largest of the Mijikenda people, who inhabit the hinterland of the Kenya coast. Being conscious of their cultural as well as their economic independence, the Giriama opposed fiercely the establishment of a regime which was intended to absorb people in the labour market against their will. Governmental actions to destroy their centre of authority, the Kaya, made flame up the war which was waged by the Giriama from two basic organizational principles: using the Kaya as a symbol of unity, and taking the oath as an ideology of mass commitment to the war. Some of the concessions obtained by the Giriama from the colonial administration are discussed in this article. Notes.