Morris, John, 1895-. Living with Lepchas: a book about the Sikkim Himalayas

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Title: Living with Lepchas: a book about the Sikkim Himalayas

Published By: London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1938. xvi, 312 p., plates: map

By line: by John Morris, who also took the photographs which illustrate it

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Lepcha (AK05)

Subjects: Culture summary (105);

Abstract: This is a popular account of a six-months stay among the Lepcha, a relatively unacculturated group living in northeastern India on the Tibetan border. The book is loosely organized, being divided into separate parts: Introductory and Historical, The People, Magic and Spells, Family Life, Sex, Festivals, and a Conclusion with a chapter on economics. Impressionistic rather than analytic, this source should be read in conjunction with 1: Gorer, Gorer having been Morris' companion during their stay with the Lepchas. Some chapters contain references at the end, but these are also included in a final bibliography. There is a three-section index of persons, places, and general items. The source is particularly strong on ceremonial, sex, and personality data. Morris, a former army officer turned traveler and explorer, at the time of the field work held the Studentship in Anthropology of the William Wyse Foundation of the University of Cambridge.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: ak05-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 303-306) and index

Field Date: 1937

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958

Coverage Date: 1937

Coverage Place: Lingthem, Sikkim, India

LCSH: Lepcha (South Asian people)


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