Linton, Ralph, 1893-1953. The Tanala: a hill tribe of Madagascar

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The Tanala, A Hill Tribe Of Madagascar

I. Introduction

Ii. Nature Of The Territory

Iii. Tanala Aborigines

Iv. Composition And Origins Of The Present Tribe

Divisions Of The Ikongo

Divisions Of The Menabe

V. Economic Life

Sources Of Food

Agriculture

Domestic Animals

Pets

Hunting

Fishing

Honey And Beeswax

Wild Vegetable Foods

Preparation Of Food

Fire Making

Pottery

Methods Of Cooking

Utensils

Customs In Eating

Alcohol And Narcotics

Manufactures

Division Of Labor

Artisans

Metal Working

Wood Working

Work In Horn, Bone And Hide

Matting And Basketry

Manufacture Of Bark Cloth

Manufacture Of Cloth

Cordage

Dwellings

Artificial Light

Costume

Transportation

Trade

Forest Products

Property And Inheritance

Vi. Social Organization

The Family

The Lineage

The Village

The Gens

Social Classes

Regulation Of Marriage

The Levirate

Significance Of The Bride Price

Inter-class Marriage And Inheritance Of Rank

Relationship Terms

Vii. Government

The Menabe

The Ikongo

Election Of The King

Royal Powers And Functions

Administration Of Justice

Trial By Ordeal

Menabe Legal System

Viii. Religion

Beliefs

Cosmology

Control Of Human Affairs

Deities

Non-human Spirits

Spirits Of The Dead

Death And Burial

Ikongo Burial Customs

Menabe Burial Customs

Tombs

Relics Of Dead Chiefs

Lost Bodies

Mourning Customs

Erection Of Memorial Stones

Ancestor Worship

Prayer And Sacrifice

Sacrifices To The Ancestors As A Whole

Sacrifices To Individual Spirits

Ombiasy

Activities Of The Ombiasy

Divination

Determination Of Lucky And Unlucky Days

Ikongo Calendar For Divination

Divination By The Stars

Spells

Manufacture And Use Of Charms

Healing

Sleight Of Hand

Sorcery

Fady

Omens

Dreams

Insanity And Spirit Possession

Ix. Weapons And Warfare

Weapons

Warfare

X. Amusements

Toys And Games

Musical Instruments

Xi. Art

Xii. Life Cycle Of The Individual

Conception

Pregnancy Taboos

Birth

Disposal Of The Umbilical Cord

Destiny Of The Child

Naming

Care Of Infants

Circumcision

Status Of Illegitimate Children

Orphans

Adoption

Disownment

Parental Authority

Childhood

Puberty

Children's House

Chastity

Incest

Berdaches

Marriage

Ceremonies Of Betrothal And Marriage

Plural Marriages

Divorce

Remarriage

Blood Brotherhood

Old Age

Suicide

Attitude Toward Death

Xiii. Proverbs

Xiv. A Legend

Xv. Wars Of The Tanala Ikongo

Tanala-hova War

Tanala-french War

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Title: The Tanala: a hill tribe of Madagascar

Published By: Chicago: [s.n.], 1933. 334 p.: ill.

By line: by Ralph Linton …Marshall Field expedition to Madagascar, 1926

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

Culture: Tanala (FY08)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Ethos (181); Settlement patterns (361); Dwellings (342); Community structure (621); Community heads (622); Community councils (623); Territorial hierarchy (631); Form and rules of government (642); Visual arts (5311); General character of religion (771); Spirits and gods (776); Eschatology (775); Cult of the dead (769); History (175);

Abstract: This work was planned as the first of a series on Madagascar field research, sponsored by the Field Museum as an extension of its interest in Malayan ethnology. Although the author was only two months among the Tanala themselves, he spent about one year and a half traveling throughout Madagascar, and as a result presents data on various other tribes of the island in comparison with that on the Tanala. The work is presented as a standard ethnography, with sections on tribal identification, economy, social organization, government, religion, warfare, amusement, art, life cycle, folklore, and a brief history of tribal wars.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: fy08-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1926-27

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Richard Schaedel ; 1956

Coverage Date: 1800-1927

Coverage Place: Madagascar

LCSH: Captain Marshall Field expedition to Madagascar, 1926-1927/Tanalas/Ethnology--Madagascar

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