Agesets and Generationsets  

 

Photo 55: fire of kraal

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Photo 56: former kawott

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Photo 57: Erré

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Photo 58: Woito river

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All members of the Arbore society belong to a Generationset which crosses clan (herr) boundaries. All Generationsets consist of 4 Agesets. Each Ageset consists of individuals who have an age difference of a maximum of nine years. It is from affiliation to a clan, Ageset, Generationset and Marriage set (luba) that the norms for marriage, duties and prohibitions and general codes of behaviour are derived. (Graph_marriagenorms) (Graph_marriageclasses).

About every 40 years, the naar ceremony takes place. During this ceremony, the old ruling Generationset abandons its position to the younger Generationset. At this ceremony, a political chief (kyrnat) and a religious chief (kawot) are elected for every village from a pool of males from certain clans. Kyrnat and kawot are the highest decision-makers in their respective fields.

In 1993 there were 2 villages of Arbore on each side of the river – Murale and Eegude on the one, Kulam and Gandarab on the other. But last time I was there, the whole village of Kulam was on the Murale–Eegude side. The reason for this ultimately lies in people’s character. After the kyrnat of Kulam died, it was not possible to choose a new one. There was simply no prominent personality among Kulam’s inhabitants. But the political chief of Murale was a strong person and had the absolute confidence of the inhabitants of Kulam. That’s why the whole village moved to the other side of the river to the kyrnat of Murale.