Oathing, Law and Order in Colonial Gusiiland
Keywords:Gusii, Law, Oath-taking, Order.
AbstractThough looked upon as informal and backward, oath-taking practices were employed in the administration of law and order among the Gusii people of Kenya during the colonial period. This chapter examines the role of oath-taking in the maintenance of law and order in colonial Gusiiland. More specifically, the chapter examines (1) the various types of oaths among the Gusii people; (2) the contribution of these various forms of oaths to the maintenance of law and order; (3) the relationship between oaths and gender among the Gusii people and (4) the impact of colonial administration on Gusii oath-taking ceremonies. Data which informed this chapter was obtained from archival sources as well as secondary literature.
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