Pottery Taboos and Symbolism in Bukusu Society, Western Kenya

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This paper investigates the taboos associated with pottery among Babukusu who predominantly inhabit Bungoma District, Western Kenya. Symbolic analysis is used to provide insights into how the people themselves conceptualize the relationship of pottery to cosmology, nature and culture. Specifically, the creation of the universe and human beings, kinship relations, human fertility and mortality are all implicated in the manner in which pottery is perceived in this society.

This paper investigates the taboos associated with pottery among Babukusu who predominantly inhabit Bungoma District, Western Kenya. Symbolic analysis is used to provide insights into how the people themselves conceptualize the relationship of pottery to cosmology, nature and culture. Specifically, the creation of the universe and human beings, kinship relations, human fertility and mortality are all implicated in the manner in which pottery is perceived in this society.

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110001018269
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA10626444
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    Departmental Bulletin Paper
  • ISSN
    02851601
  • Data Source
    NII-ELS  IR 
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