A traditional ritual ceremony as Edurama: a case study of Imbalu ritual among the Bukusu of Western Kenya
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This study is an investigation of how Bukusu traditional initiation can be considered as edurama. It first looks at the rite of passage as a process of transition. The study investigates whether or not drama existed in Bukusuland before the advent of colonialism. It also explores the conduct of the Bukusu initiation ceremony. Further it seeks to provide an answer to the type of drama and the nature of education that exists in Imbalu. The research which will be carried out in Sibembe village in Bungoma County will use sociological theory because this, as Imbalu, gives an explanation for the existence of a society. This also gives an analysis of the cultural context of Bukusu Imbalu. It is important to note that the research will rely on fieldwork that will entail physical observation of circumcision ceremony. Interviews of initiates, surgeons and experts will be carried out. What however is crucial is that the African tradition ceremony is considered as a school in which the initiates learn various issues concerning African society. In other words it prepares the youth for life in the community as the initiates are forced to practice the norms and values of society and expertise for playing effective role in society. In the end the findings of the investigation will be that Bukusu initiation ceremony is drama in the African senses as it uses African Language, it will be timeless and will have distinction between the spectator and the person. Above all it will be utilitarian and functional and therefore a process of Bukusu education.