Rattray, R. S. (Robert Sutherland), 1881-1938. Religion and art in Ashanti

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I Religion Lower Graded Spiritual Powers. Souls Of Trees, Plants, And Animals.

Ii The Fetish ( Suman )

Suman Of Group A. Figs. 7–8.

Suman Of Group B. Figs. 9–18.

Iii Fairies, Forest Monsters, And Witches

Appendix To Chapter Iii

First Report

Second Report

Appendix Measurements Of ‘pigmy’

Iv The Training Of Medicine-men And Priests

V Rites De Passage Introductory.

Vi Birth

Appendix To Chapter Vi Report On Human Bones Submitted For Examination

Vii Puberty

Viii Marriage

Ix Marriage ( Continued ) (the Atopere Dance Of Death) 1

X Marriage ( Continued )

Xi Death Funerals Of Kings

A. Funeral Rites For Ashanti Kings

Xii The Odwira Ceremony

Xiii Other Burial-places For Kings And Queens

Xiv Funeral Rites For Ordinary Individuals

Xv ‘carrying The Corpse’

Xvi Widows And ‘in-laws’ At Funerals

Xvii Funeral Rites For A Priest

Xviii Funeral Rites Which Possibly Show Some Trace Of Contact With An External Culture

Xix Funerals For Certain Animals And Trees

Xx Rites De Passage Conclusions

Xxi Dreams And Dream Interpretations

Appendix To Chapter Xxi

Xxii ‘oaths’ 1

Xxiii Technology Introduction.

Xxiv Weaving

Xxv Stamped Cloths

Appendix Black Incrustation

Xxvi Religion, Art, And Anthropology In Wood-carving

Xxvii Pottery

Early Pottery Fragments From Ashanti

Appendix To Chapter Xxvii Analysis Of Specimens Of Potter's Clay From Ashanti

Xxviii Cire Perdue Metal-casting

Appendix To Chapter Xxviii Bronzes (ashanti Weights)

Xxix Cross-cousin Marriages 1 In Ashanti

Xxx The Biological Significance Of Cross-cousin Marriages In Ashanti

Xxxi The Aesthetic Of Ashanti By Vernon Blake

Xxxii Wari

Rules Of The Game

The Tactics Of The Game

Xxxiii Some General Aspects Of Ashanti Religion

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Title: Religion and art in Ashanti

Published By: Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1927. xviii, 414 p., 278 plates: ill., map

By line: by Capt. R. S. Rattray, M.B.E., B.Sc. (Oxon.)

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Art (530); Religious beliefs (770); Religious practices (780); Ecclesiastical organization (790);

Abstract: This volume, the second of Captain Rattray’s three ethnographic studies of the Ashanti, completes the general survey of religious beliefs begun in ‘Ashant’. Detailed data are presented on the form and importance of ancestor worship, spirits and gods, fetishes, oaths, and taboos in Ashanti religious beliefs and practices; arts and crafts surveyed, ceremonial rites are described, and various rites of passage, including customs related to birth, puberty, marriage, and death, are discussed and analyzed. The chapter on cross-cousion marriages amplifies the material on this subject presented by Rattray and L.H. Dudley Buxton in an article previously published (see document #13). In addition to Rattray’s data, this volume contains contributions from a number of authorities as follows: C.G. Seligman, Dreams and Dream Interpretation, pp. 197-204; L.H. Dudley Buxton, The Biological Significance of Cross-Cousin Marriages in Ashanti, pp. 332-343; Vernon Blake, The Aesthetic of Ashanti, pp. 344-381; G.T. Bennett, Wari, pp. 382-390; R.R. Marett, Some General Aspects of the Ashanti Religion, pp. 391-398.

Document Number: 2

Document ID: fe12-002

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1921-192?

Evaluation: Ethnographer-5

Analyst: Mary L. Bartlett ; 1954

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African people)


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