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Funerary Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa: East Africa
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East African Cushitic societies are historically pastoralists, patrilineal, and clan-based. They share a world-view where the individual's interests are secondary and subject to those of the group and where social practices and rites are well integrated into the larger community.

Cushitic peoples include such groups as Somalis, Oromos, and Afars. They are the majority population in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti; they are to be found also in northern Kenya, and eastern Sudan. Through trade and contact with Arabia, coastal Cushitic g…

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Abdullahi, Mohamed Diriye, “Funerary Practices: Sub-Saharan Africa: East Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0168d>
First published online: 2009



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