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

Social organization of the Nandi
-The family was the basic social unit. Several related families grouped together to form clans among Nandi.
-The age-set system was an important social institution among the Nandi. Nandi boys and girls were initiated at puberty through
circumcision. Circumcision marked entry into adulthood.
-Age sets were formed by those who were initiated at the same time irrespective of the clans they belonged to. In total, there were eight age-sets among the Nandi.
-The Nandi boys became junior warriors after circumcision. They only promoted to senior warriors after the Saket apeito ceremony (slaughter of bullock).
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