Whitehead, George. In the Nicobar Islands: the record of a lengthy sojourn in islands of sunshine & palms amongst a people primitive in their habits & beliefs & simple in their manner of living, with a description of their customs & religious ceremonies & an account of their superstitions, traditions & folklore

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Title: In the Nicobar Islands: the record of a lengthy sojourn in islands of sunshine & palms amongst a people primitive in their habits & beliefs & simple in their manner of living, with a description of their customs & religious ceremonies & an account of their superstitions, traditions & folklore

Published By: London: Seeley, Service & Co. Limited. 1924. 276 p., plates map

By line: George Whitehead … With a preface by Sir Richard C. Temple

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Nicobarese (AZ07)

Subjects: Acculturation and culture contact (177); Vegetable production (244); Arboriculture (245); Cordage (283); Normal garb (291); Dwellings (342); Internal trade (438); External trade (439); Boats (501); (53); Visiting and hospitality (574); External relations (648); Spirits and gods (776); Childbirth (844); Infant care (854);

Abstract: This is an early and fairly comprehensive ethnography by a British traveler, covering a broad range of topics in varying degrees of detail. Specific themes include geography, climate, history, fauna, settlements, names and naming, temperament, work ethic, encounters with British officials, dress, houses, diet, hospitality, trade, agriculture, canoes and canoe racing, dancing, childbirth, child care, spirits, "witch doctors," sickness, the "harvest festival" and annual trading excursion to Chowra Island, "devil murderers," funerals, "ossuary feasts," language, and folk tales.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: az07-002

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1912

Evaluation: Missionary-5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 2014

Coverage Date: 1901-1912

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

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

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