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Mortgaging the AncestorsIdeologies of Attachment in Africa$
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Parker Shipton

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116021

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116021.001.0001

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Luo and Others

Luo and Others

Migration, Settlement, Ethnicity

(p.59) Chapter 3 Luo and Others
Mortgaging the Ancestors

Parker Shipton

Yale University Press

This chapter examines and inspects the habits and practices of the Luo people, a people that live at one of the more important frontiers of Africa, at the edge of the Nilotic language family of east-northeast Africa, and the Bantu of Africa's southern half. Despite living within the same vicinity and speaking almost entirely different languages, these neighbors share much in their way of life and have been influencing each other's habits as well as selectively intermarrying and interbreeding for the past few centuries. The chapter thus aims to explore what is known and unknown about the Luo people—who they are and how they got there—and to give a general picture of their mode of livelihood, especially in the more rural settings that make up most of their country.

Keywords:   Luo, Luo people, Nilotic, Bantu, intermarrying, interbreeding, language family, frontiers of Africa

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