Fortes, Meyer. Ritual festivals and social cohesion in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast

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Title: Ritual festivals and social cohesion in the Hinterland of the Gold Coast

Published in: American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 38

Published By: American anthropologist, n.s. -- Vol. 38 Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1936. 590-604 p.

By line: Meyer Fortes

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Tallensi (FE11)

Subjects: Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Localized kin groups (618); Priesthood (793); Avoidance and taboo (784); Cultural participation (184); Organized ceremonial (796); Magic (789); Sacred objects and places (778); Dance (535); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Visiting and hospitality (574); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Puberty and initiation (881); Functional and adaptational interpretations (182);

Abstract: This source contains a brief summary of the non-material culture of the Tallensi which serves as a background for the main part of the article, a description of the harvest festivals of the two main groups of the Tallensi. Also briefly noted is the Golib festival of the Talis whose purpose is to ensure a successful sowing and harvesting of early millet and to call down the blessing of fertility in general. Fortes envisages these festivals essentially as being integrative mechanisms which restore the forces of social cohesion between the two opposing groups in Tallensi society, the Talis and the Namoos. Fortes was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Document Number: 8

Document ID: fe11-008

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1934-1935

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957

Coverage Date: 1934-1936

Coverage Place: Tongo village, Ghana

LCSH: Tallensi (African people)


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