Bascom, William Russell, 1912-. The sociological role of the Yoruba cult-group

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Title: The sociological role of the Yoruba cult-group

Published in: American anthropologist -- Vol. 46, no. 1, part 2

Published By: American anthropologist -- Vol. 46, no. 1, part 2 Menasha: American Anthropological Association, 1944. 75 p.

By line: William R. Bascom

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2009. Computer File

Culture: Yoruba (FF62)

Subjects: General character of religion (771); Kin relationships (602); Clans (614); Tribe and nation (619); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Luck and chance (777); Cult of the dead (769); Cosmology (772); Congregations (794); Revelation and divination (787); Mythology (773); Organized ceremonial (796); Sodalities (575);

Abstract: This work is concerned with the relationship between kinship organization and religious groups among the Yoruba. The author presents a summary of the kinship structure, the composition of religious groups in terms of kinship, and a comparison of the composition and function of the religious groups with the so-called 'secret societies.'Incidental to his treatment, the author includes information on the manner in which individuals become worshippers of particular deities, the nature of the deities, and the spread of their worship. His data consciously reflect the contradictions existing between ideal and observed patterns of behavior.

Document Number: 13

Document ID: ff62-013

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1937-1938

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: George R. Bedell ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1930-1944

Coverage Place: Nigeria

LCSH: Yoruba (African people)


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