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The problem we run into here is that very few sub-saharan languages developed their own writing system prior to the colonial era. Specifically, we have Ancient Merotic (probably), Old Nubian, Nsibidi, Adinkra, and Lsona. Of those, the later two are sort of mnemonic devices more than full-blown general-purpose writing systems, and the third was a semi-secret ...


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The Nri were peaceful to the extent that they could, but when forced to the utmost, did engage in warfare as in the end of the 18th century. Meanwhile, their traditions—including the sieges that were instigated when someone broke the rules—were designed such that there would be no bloodshed and no deaths. The Nri A more detailed (compared to the Wiki) ...


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India The classical Latin was "India" taken from the Sanskrit "Sindhu" and Persian "Hindu" possibly referring to any large river which formed a natural border. The Greeks picked it up from the Persians as Indós (Ἰνδός) and Herodotus talks about India, some of it is actually true. Eastward of India lies a tract which is entirely ...


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A good source for your question is Richard Borshay Lee's Book "The Dobe Juǀ'hoansi". he writes about both topics: about hxaro exchange in chapter 8 (page 130 ff.) and about the Juǀ'hoan*¹ kinship system in chapter 5 (especially page 71 ff.) - see link below, it's an exciting read! :) To anyone interested in what these partnerships are: Hxaro is a ...


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A pdf at the University of Toronto of a chapter by Lee on The Intensification of Social Life among the !Kung Bushmen speaks of these gatherings, and the number of individuals reaching 200 was not represented as an unusual occurrence. Among the !Kung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, availability of water was the key seasonal variable. During the winter dry ...


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These three pieces of information suggest the !gu!na relationship wasn't a really important cooperative tool for the !kung. It seems that the !Kung did favor a little bit more those who share the same name, but not much. the example cited above (from Marshall 1957) talk about a "light welcome" they took him to their fire and gave him a present ...


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To complete justCal answer I found information supporting the yearly winter camp containing 100 to 200 people in Marshall-Thomas 's 1989 book "The harmless people" In the dry season, two hundred people came to Gautscha and lived in the bushes at the edge of the pan. {1} So we solved one issue (winter camp), but not the most important point: the ...


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