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 Social, Economic and Political Organisation of Kenyan Societies in the 19th C

Social organization of the Nilotes
-There were slight variations in the social organizations of the various Nilotic groups in Kenya. However they shared institutions such as the clan based organization, belief in one God, veneration of ancestral spirits, age-set system, social ceremonies
and existence of religious leaders.
-The family was the basic social unit in many communities.
-They believed in one supernatural being.
-The communities believed in the existence of ancestral spirits, to whom sacrifices and libations were made.
-There was the existence of religious leaders whose work was to lead the communities during religious functions and rituals
-The Maasai and other Nilotic groups had rain makers and diviners.
-The age-age system was another common social institution.

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