Man, Edward Horace, 1846-1929. The Nicobar Islands and their people

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Title: The Nicobar Islands and their people

Published By: Printed and pub. For the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland by Billings and Sons. 1932. x, 186 p., plates ill., maps

By line: Edward Horace Man ... compiled posthumously from papers in the R.A.I. Journal and the Indian antiquary, and from notes prepared for publication before his death; with a Memoir, contributed by Sir David Prain

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Nicobarese (AZ07)

Subjects: Identification (101); Place names (103); Reviews and critiques (114); Population (161); Arboriculture (245); Diet (262); Internal trade (438); External trade (439); Navigation (502); Personal names (551); Naming (553); Marriage (580); External relations (648); Sorcery (754); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Religious beliefs (770); Missions (797); Numeration (802); Weights and measures (804); Ordering of time (805); Childbirth (844); Infant care (854);

Abstract: This classic ethnography of the Nicobar Islands was written by the British government official, Edward Horace Mann, who conducted several tours of duty on the Nicobar Islands between 1871 and 1875, with additional trips in 1879, 1885, 1888, and 1894. Mann was also in charge of carrying out the 1901 census. The work covers a wide range of topics including demography, geography, somatology, native-foreigner interactions and relations, trade, medicine, kin terms, dress, emotional expressions, houses, pottery, bark cloth, canoes, reckoning of time and distance, calendrics, navigation, numeration and arithmetic, vocabulary and grammar, coconut trade, diet, childbirth and childcare, marriage, funerals and memorial ceremonies, religious beliefs, sorcery, and personal names and naming. The final chapter focuses on the Shompen people who inhabit the interior of Great Nicobar Island.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: az07-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: "In ... [the author's] work he was for many years helped by his sister, who has here brought together the material in a new form, with some assistance in the matter of arrangement and revision."--p. v. Includes bibliographical references (p. 184)

Field Date: 1871-1901

Evaluation: Government official-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2014

Coverage Date: 1871-1901

Coverage Place: Nicobar Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

LCSH: Ethnology--India--Nicobar Islands//Nicobar Islands (India)--Description and travel


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