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  • Hardcover: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (April 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466983310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466983311
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Shadrack Bulimo holds a master's degree in journalism from City University, London, and a postgraduate diploma in mass communications from the University of Nairobi. He worked as an editor for Kenya's leading media houses and the UK government before venturing into private business and community development. He currently lives in Canada. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martini on May 29, 2014
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This is an exhaustive and fascinating book, which will resonate with cultural anthropologists and anyone with an interest in the social and organizational dynamics of the various Luyia sub-tribes. The work is encyclopedic in detail, and the narrative both earnest analysis and at the same time pulsating joy to read. Indeed Mr. Bulimo is a capable docent, a writer with an intellectual urgency, documenting Luyia culture for posterity. There are details and tidbits that have hitherto not been documented. For example, this reviewer was delighted to read that among the Abatsotso Luyia, God is conceptualized as a woman. She is known as "Limbere (one with big breasts), succoring her children with overflowing milk from her breasts, sustaining life. Bulimo also does a good job placing cultural practices and beliefs against a foundation of solid research which is helped by his own familiarity of the region, giving him the credibility to dispel some myths propagated by nineteenth century colonial writers (and even some respected authorities in the early- and mid-twentieth century) either out of mendacity or sheer stupidity. Wagner's assertion that among some Luyia tribes dowry was in the form of a few rats is outright inaccurate!
"Luyia of Kenya: A cultural profile" beautifully complements earlier works on the Luyia, notably the writings of John Osogo and Gideon Were. This is an accessible and entertaining book, and a significant contribution to the body of work on the Luyia people and their culture.
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