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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Traditional Myths and Linguistic Analysis: Singwaya Revisited
Author:Spear, Thomas T.ISNI
Year:1977
Periodical:History in Africa
Volume:4
Pages:229-246
Language:English
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:ethnogenesis
sociolinguistics
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3171586
Abstract:Reconsideration of an earlier article by the same author, 'Traditional myths and historians' myths: variations on the Singwaya theme of Mijikenda origins' (Hist. in Africa, 1 (1974), p. 67-84) in the light of improved linguistic data. As a result there emerges a picture of far geater depth and sophistication for the origins of the people of the Kenya coast. Their origins have been pushed back, both in time and in space, to what is increasingly appearing to be the primary dispersal site for most of the East African Bantu-speaking peoples, the area around Mt. Kilimanjaro, and they have been linked with related peoples of the Tanzanian coast. Fig., map, notes.
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