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For Money and EldersRitual, Sovereignty, and the Sacred in Kenya$
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Robert W. Blunt

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226655611

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.001.0001

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Kenyatta’s Lament: The Transformation of Ritual Ideologies in Colonial Kenya

Kenyatta’s Lament: The Transformation of Ritual Ideologies in Colonial Kenya

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For Money and Elders
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Robert W. Blunt

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226655895.003.0002

Chapter Two shows how a complex colonial social field emerged in ostensibly “Kikuyu” areas of Kenya under indirect rule. This field remade elders into “traditional” authorities tasked with governing the native reserves, and it resulted in a new, shared understanding of elderhood and its sovereign function among Kikuyus and colonial administrators alike. At the core of this understanding was the belief that elders possessed a singular capacity to ground the truth of signs through ritual and to bind ritual participants to the veridical power of their speech.

Keywords:   Kikuyu, Jomo Kenyatta, colonial administrators, oathing stones, ithathi, sovereign rite, ritual semiotics, ritual ideology

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