Fortes, Meyer. Names among the Tallensi of the Gold Coast

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Title: Names among the Tallensi of the Gold Coast

Published in: Afrikanistische Studien, herausgegeben von J. Lukas

Published By: Afrikanistische Studien, herausgegeben von J. Lukas Berlin: Akademie-Verlag, 1955. 337-349 p.

By line: Meyer Fortes

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

Culture: Tallensi (FE11)

Subjects: Personal names (551); Naming (553); Spirits and gods (776); Luck and chance (777); Sacred objects and places (778); Eschatology (775); Clans (614); Techniques of socialization (861); Community heads (622); Priesthood (793);

Abstract: This short article gives a description of names and name-giving among the Tallensi. Each person has a public and a private name, the latter not being secret. The private name refers generally to an ancestor who is the guardian spirit of the owner of the name. The public name can refer to almost any circumstance of interest to the name-giver. The article closes with a brief discussion of names taken at the investiture of chiefs and the ten'daanas. Fortes is Willliam Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Document Number: 10

Document ID: fe11-010

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1934-1937

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1957

Coverage Date: 1934-1937

Coverage Place: Tongo village, Ghana

LCSH: Tallensi (African people)


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