Jour, Anth. Inst.


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In the following the term king is applied to the supreme chief only. The privileges and prerogatives enumerated below are in some cases confined to him alone; in others they are enjoyed alike by all the itawkho. Most of the king’s privileges are also enjoyed by reigning chiefs within the limits of their own districts; this is so in the case of Ligirri, for instance:

If a man kill an elephant, or find the tusks of a dead elephant, one tusk and the tail are claimed by the chief. If the elephant is a single tusker or if only a single tusk be picked up, it becomes the property of the chief. The hunter or finder is in such case entitled to a reward.

All leopard and lion skins are claimed by the chief, who gives the owner a small present and invites him to drink beer with him. An itawkho is rewarded with the present of a bullock.

Only the king may wear a leopard-skin cloak, or sleep on a lion skin. Ligirri is an exception to this rule; he has the hereditary right to wear a leopard-skin cloak.

Certain kinds of stones and beads, such as ancient Egyptian beads, may only be worn by chiefs. Anyone finding such a stone or bead must take it to the chief, who gives him in return a sheep.

The skin and certain portions of the meat of all hippo killed are claimed by the chief. One foreleg is the special perquisite of his headman. The chief does not himself eat the meat bat he gives it to his wives, children, and servants. The person who killed the animal is not entitled to any reward. All buffalo skins are taken by the chiefs, who give them to their warriors to make shields of.1

1Dundas, K.R.n/an/an/an/a, "The Wawanga and other Tribes of the Elgon District, British East Africa," , 43: 25.


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Chicago: "Jour, Anth. Inst.," Jour, Anth. Inst. in Primitive Behavior: An Introduction to the Social Sciences, ed. Thomas, William I. (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1937), Original Sources, accessed September 22, 2023,

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