By Hannah Wangeci Kinoti
African Ethics: G?k?y? conventional Morality by way of Hannah Kinoti was once brought on through the author's predicament in regards to the decline of ethical criteria one of the G?k?y? in smooth Kenya. Western schooling and elevated interplay with different cultures had made the society extra complicated and complex. whilst, social evils like corruption, theft, prostitution, damaged houses and sexual promiscuity have been at the bring up. "While this can be happening," says the writer, "African tradition is frequently pointed out some time past stressful as though it truly is now not relevant." She needed to find what have been the virtues that, sooner than the advent of western civilization, held society jointly and shaped the foundation of its morality. She determined to ascertain a few of the foremost virtues (honesty, generosity, justice, braveness and temperance) that have been hugely valued in conventional G?k?y? tradition. She then in comparison the knowledge and perform of those virtues by way of 3 teams: previous humans (who had had first-hand event of conventional life), middle-aged humans and adolescents. the result of this examine should still entice researchers and academics of African traditions, tradition, faith and ethics. both, scholars of comparative ethics may still locate this a worthy resource of data on conventional methods of conserving behaviour that made for concord in society. younger Africans wishing to get a deeper figuring out in their roots must also locate this paintings of significant curiosity.
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It was a futile effort for anybody to try and move a boundary mark or to claim a piece of land that was acknowledged to belong to someone else. Public opinion against that kind of greed and the painstaking courts of clan elders did not allow such a person to get very far. Secondly, people had a high regard for each other so that few would deliberately contravene their neighbour’s rights. Thirdly, the religious element in the various aspects of traditional Gĩkũyũ land tenure and land utility was a strong controlling factor.
147 Voluntary labour, by a good number of young men who availed themselves for short periods and then disappeared into the reserves was not sufficient. The European estates needed labour throughout the year. The quickest way to develop the estates and the country was to direct and retain as many able-bodied Africans into the labour market as possible. The country’s prosperity was to be achieved within ten years. ”148 There was one major problem to be solved in this whole exercise. In their traditional situation, the Africans were on the whole self-sufficient so that they had no need for money.
Strength’ means physical strength, stamina, the power to procreate, and also wealth (ũtonga). ‘Fortune’ means both wealth and prosperity (ũgaaciru). 73 *+ K_\ :lc kliXc J\kk` e^ From these explanations, it is apparent that what the Gĩkũyũ meant by irĩ carried the idea of the total welfare of an individual. ” In other words, irĩĩri are the people who are entitled to benefit from the possessions, material, as well as non-material of a person. 75 In connection with irĩĩri, it is apparent that for the traditional Gĩkũyũ to think of a beneficiary, heir, or progeny is automatically to think of the honour of the benefactor, who usually was a parent.
African Ethics: Gĩkũyũ Traditional Morality by Hannah Wangeci Kinoti