Seligman, C. G. (Charles Gabriel), 1873-1940. The Veddas

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Chapter I Historical And Geographical

Chapter Ii Present Condition Of The Veddas

Village Veddas.

Village Veddas Of Uva Bintenne.

Village Veddas Of Tamankaduwa.

Chapter Iii Social Organization



Clan Organization.

The Comparative Status Of The Clans.

The Territorial Grouping Of The Clans.

Chapter Iv Family Life

Chapter V Property And Inheritance

Chapter Vi Religion


Chapter Vii Religion (continued)


Village Veddas Of The Bintenne.








The Avoidance Of Certain Foods


Chapter Viii Magic

Magic Directed Against The Individual.

Charms Protective Against Animals.

Charms To Obtain Food.

Love Charms.


The Eating Of Human Liver.

Chapter Ix Ceremonial Dances

The Arrow Dance.

The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Nae Yaku Ceremonies

The Invocation Of Bambura Yaka.

The Pata Yaku Ceremony.

The Dola Yaka Ceremony.

The Invocation Of The Rahu Yaku.

Wanagata Yaku.

The Alutyakagama Ceremony At Unuwatura Bubula.

The Ruwala Ceremony.

The Kolamaduwa Ceremony

The Kolamaduwa Ceremony At Bendiyagalge

The Avana Ceremony

Chapter X Invocations

Invocations To The Nae Yaku.

Invocations To Kande Yaka And Bilindi Yaka.

Invocation To Kande Yaka At The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Invocation To Kande Yaka At The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Invocation To Bilindi Yaka At Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Dedication Of Flesh And Rice To Kande Yaka And Bilindi Yaka 1 .

Invocation To Bilindi Yaka At The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Invocation To Bilindi Yaka At The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Invocation With Bow To Determine What Yaka Has Caused Illness.

Invocations Used While Collecting Honey.

Invocation Before Taking Bambara Honey, Sung By A Man As He Is Lowered Over The Cliff.

Invocations To Bambura Yaka.

Invocation At Pregnancy Ceremony.

Dola Yaka Ceremony.

Invocation To Indigollae Yaka At The Kirikoraha Ceremony.

Invocation To The Maha Kiriamma.

Invocation To The Kiriamma Of Indigollaewa Asking For Success In Hunting.

Innvocations To The Rahu Yaku.

Invocations Sung At The Kolamaduwa Ceremony.

Invocation Of Unapane Kiriamma At The Kolamaduwa Ceremony.

Invocation Sung At The Kolamaduwa Ceremony.

Invocation Of The Maha Yakino Ceremony.

Invocation Of Ambarapoti Kiriamma At The Kolamaduwa Ceremony.

Chapter Xi Arts And Crafts

Rock Drawings.



The Origin Of Fire.

The Rainbow.

How The Hill Yakagala Came By Its Name.


Tools And Weapons.



Chapter Xii Coast Veddas

Chapter Xiii Music


Methods Of Analysis.

Notation Of The Records.

Analysis Of The Intervals.

The Songs Of Group A.

The Songs Of Group B.

The Songs Of Group C.

Analysis Of The Rhythms.

General Character Of Songs.

Conclusions And Comparisons.

Chapter Xiv Songs

Chapter Xv Language

Chapter Xvi The Senses Of The Veddas

Visual Acuity

Colour Vision

Visual Illusions.

Tactile Discrimination.

Sensibility To Pain.




Chapter Xvii Conclusions

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Title: The Veddas

Published By: Cambridge: University Press, 1911. 19, 463 p.: ill.

By line: By C. G. Seligmann… and Brenda Z. Seligman. With a chapter by C.S. Myers … and an appendix by A. Mendis Gunasekara …

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Vedda (AX05)

Subjects: History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); External relations (648); Descriptive somatology (142); Anthropometry (141); Prehistory (172); Historical reconstruction (174); Dwellings (342); Clans (614); Regulation of marriage (582); Settlement patterns (361); Behavior toward non-relatives (609); Sociocultural trends (178); Kinship terminology (601); Community structure (621); Real property (423); Dance (535); Organized ceremonial (796); Prayers and sacrifices (782);

Abstract: The authors of this first comprehensive study of the Veddas devoted most of their attention to the jungle-dwelling Veddas whose way of life is more primitive that the Village Veddas and the Coastal Veddas. All of them, however, have come under the influence of foreign cultures. One of the major aims of this book is to trace the course of this acculturation process and to reconstruct the historical development of Vedda society. In describing the contemporary Veddas, the authors supplement their personal observations with reports written by previous observers. The topics discussed include the kinship structure, village organization, economic activities, life cycle, religion, music, language, and sensory perception. A rather extensive list of Vedda words is included in the text.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: ax05-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: 'Music, by C.S. Myers': p. [341]-365.

Field Date: 1907-1908

Evaluation: Ethnologists-5

Analyst: Robert Lee; 1961

Coverage Date: 1907-1911

Coverage Place: Sri Lanka

LCSH: Vedda (Sri Lankan people)


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