Ottenberg, Simon. Double descent in an African society: the Afikpo village-group

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Title: Double descent in an African society: the Afikpo village-group

Published By: Seattle: University of Washington Press, [1968]. xviii, 284 p., plates: ill., maps

By line: Simon Ottenberg

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2003. Computer File

Culture: Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Lineages (613); Clans (614); Rule of descent (611); Cult of the dead (769); Eschatology (775); Age stratification (561); Sacred objects and places (778); Towns (632); Community structure (621); Real property (423); Acquisition and relinquishment of property (425);

Abstract: This source is a description of the anomalous situation of double descent among the Igbo of Afikpo village-group. It contains descriptions of patrilineages, matrilineages and matriclans, the descent groups within the larger structure of the village and the village group, double descent and the individual, and double descent groups as entities. The data were gathered on two field trips and research was conducted apparently through participant observation and interviewing.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: ff26-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 271-278)

Field Date: 1951-1960

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Marlene Martin ; 1980-1981

Coverage Date: 1951-1960

Coverage Place: Afikpo Village-Group, southeastern Nigeria

LCSH: Igbo (African people)


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