The Dynamics of Clanship among the Tallensi, Being the First Part of an Analysis of the Social Structure of a Trans-Volta Tribe

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CONTENTS
FOREWORD vii
CHAPTER I. INTRODUCTORY I
The Natural Environment of the Tallensi
Cultural Affinities of the Tallensi
General Characteristics of the Tallensi
British Rule and Contact with Western Civilization
CHAPTER II. THE MEANING OF 'TALLENSI' 14
Tribal Divisions
Cultural Segmentation of the Tallensi
The 'Real Talis'
Nomenclature and the Structural Scheme
Myths of Origin
The Major Cleavage in Tale Society
CHAPTER III. PARADIGM OF THE LINEAGE SYSTEM 30
CHAPTER IV. CLANSHIP: THE NAMOOS 39
The Dispersion of Mosuor biis
The Chain of Sub-clans
The Critical Norms of Clanship
Mosuor biis a Maximal Lineage
The Lineage Principle in the Structure of the Clan
The Internal Differentiation of the Clan: (A) Sie
The Internal Differentiation of the Clan: (B) Tongo and the Status of Accessory Lineages
The Nexus of Clanship Ties
The Field of Clanship
CHAPTER V. THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE NAMOOS 66
The Distinctive Ritual Observances of the Namoos
Significance of the Totemic Taboos of the Namoos
Other Namoo Clans
The Meaning of 'Namoo'
CHAPTER VI. THE STRUCTURAL RELATIONS OF THE TALIS 78
A General Point
The Clan Structure of Zubiuη
Ritual Differentiation and Integration of Zubiuη
Linked Maximal Lineages and the Field of Clanship

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