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BOGOS (BILENs)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 120 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BOGOS (BILENs), a pastoral race of mixed Hamitic descent, occupying the highlands immediately north of Abyssinia, now part of the Italian colony of Eritrea. They were formerly a self-governing community, though subject to Abyssinia. The community is divided into two classes, the Shumaglieh or " elders " and Tigre or " clients." The latter are serfs of the former, who, however, cannot sell them. The Tigre goes with the land, and his master must protect him. In blood-money he is worth another Tigre or ninety-three cows, while an elder's life is valued at one hundred and fifty-eight cattle or one of his own caste. The eldest son of a Shumaglieh inherits his father's two-edged sword, white cows, lands and slaves, but the house goes to the youngest son. Female chastity is much valued, but women have no rights, inherit nothing, and are classed with the hyaena, the most despised animal throughout Abyssinia. The Bogo husband never sees the face or pronounces the name of his mother-in-law, while it is a crime for a wife to utter her husband's or father-in-law's name.
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