Facing Mount Kenya; the Tribal Life of Gikuyu Topics for Discussion

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Throughout the novel, Kenyatta stresses the need for the European "intruder" to gain an understanding of Gikuyu culture in order to effectively educate the natives. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why or why not? Why does Kenyatta believe this is true?

Kenyatta defends the use of the clitoridectomy in chapter six because the practice is embedded in the culture and societal laws of the group. Do you think this argument is valid? Why or why not? What are your opinions of the procedure? Why do you feel this way? Be sure to explain your answer using information from the book.

Explain the marriage proposal and marriage process. Kenyatta notes the European misunderstanding of this custom. What does he says causes the misunderstanding? How could such a misunderstanding be solved?

What is the difference in the Gikuyu culture between ancestral worship and the worship of...

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