Meyer, Hans, 1858-1929. The Barundi: an ethnological study of German East Africa

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Title: The Barundi: an ethnological study of German East Africa

Published By: Leipzig: Ott Spamer, 1916. HRAF ms: 1-293 p. [original: xiv, 205 p., 55 end plates]: [incomplete]

By line: Hans Meyer

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

Culture: Barundi (FO58)

Subjects: Tillage (241); Domesticated animals (231); Settlement patterns (361); Topography and geology (133); Descriptive somatology (142); Racial identification (144); Traditional history (173); Ethnic stratification (563); Occupational specialization (463); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Diet (262); Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Transmission of skills (868); General tools (412); External trade (439); Chief executive (643); Military organization (701); Music (533); External trade (439);

Abstract: As a result of keen personal observations and extensive research into contemporary literature, Meyer's account of the Rundi and their country is characterized by thoroughness and an evident desire for accuracy. Being a geographer, his interest in the material culture is varied and extensive. Included in his account are descriptions of the physical environment; agriculture and animal husbandry; utensils, tools, and weapons; handicraft industries; food, clothing and housing; and trade and means of communication. Other aspects of Rundi culture, such as social and political organization, marriage, religion, medicine, life cycle, forms of recreation, and folk knowledge are also well presented. The Rundi are composed of three distinct and highly stratified ethnic elements--the Bahutu, Batussi, and Batwa. In marking for this source, category 563 (Ethnic Stratification) has been used only when it is necessary to highlight the racial and cultural differences of these three groups. The data on 'clan' has been marked for 614 (Sibs).

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fo58-001

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Die Barundi: Eine volkerkundliche Studie aus Deutsch-Ostafrika]. Translated for the HRAF files by Helmut Handzik in 1959. Pages 151-205 and some non-descriptive passages in other parts of the text have been omitted.

Field Date: 1911

Evaluation: Geographer-5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1959

Coverage Date: 1812-1911

Coverage Place: Burundi

LCSH: Rundi (African people)


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