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The Kanyok of Zaire : An Institutional and Ideological History to 1895 - John C. Yoder

The Kanyok of Zaire

An Institutional and Ideological History to 1895

Hardcover Published: 24th April 2007
ISBN: 9780521412988
Number Of Pages: 232

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John Yoder chronicles the history of the Kanyok, a people from the southern savanna of Zaire, from before 1500 until their incorporation into the Congo Free State in the 1890s. By analyzing their oral traditions, myths, and legends, the author describes the political and cultural development of a people who, before 1891, had no written records, and whose history has previously been confined to the stale recitation of wars and succession struggles that characterize many existing books on pre-colonial Africa. Yoder sets his work firmly within the larger context of the southern savanna by extending his investigations to the traditions of neighboring peoples, in particular to the Luba and Lunda, whose empires once dominated the region. In this way, he demonstrates how the same stories and ideas circulated over a vast area but were continually adapted to local circumstances.

"...an important contribution to our understanding of precolonial intellectual history in Africa." David Newbury, American Historical Review

List of maps and figures
Wood and wine, gardens and game
Stratification, symbols and spirits
New legends for new leaders
Serpents and lightning
Dances, moats and myths
Combat, classes, titles and trade
Schisms and slaves, ghosts and guns
Assassinations, alliances and ambushes
Appendix: methodology
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ISBN: 9780521412988
ISBN-10: 0521412986
Series: African Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 24th April 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45