Origin of Kingship Traditions &
Symbolism in the Great Lakes Region of Africa

By Birgitta Farelius
December 2008
Uppsala University
Distributed by Coronet Books Inc.
ISBN: 9789155472955
373 pages, Illustrated
$87.50 Paper Original

Birgitta Farelius is a teacher, missionary and Human Rights ativist, who has lived and done research in East Africa for nearly two decades. Over the many years she has spent in Tanzania and Uganda, particularly in Karagwe, she has gained a detailed insight into the living conditions among the people.

It is true that much has hitherto been written about the people in the Great Lakes region, all of which is important when seen from various approaches. This thesis has made use of earlier recorded observations. However, no history of peoples or their living conditions and thought patterns is static, which means that there will always be room for further investigations at all levels.

The text presented in this study seeks to be a further contribution to a fuller and meaningful understanding of the culture history in the Great Lakes region from an inside perspective. The author's Karagwe grassroot experience has opened up a rich cultural network, exposing aspects of regional history that cuts across local boundaries.

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