Puccioni, Nello. Anthropology and ethnography of the peoples of Somalia

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Collection Of Ethnographical Material

Chapter 1 Dwellings

1. Portable “beehive” Type Hut.

2. Permanent Hut With Cylindrical Walls And Conical Roof.

3. Permanent Hut With Quadrilateral Layout And Roof Sloping On Two Sides.

4. Masonry Construction.

Chapter 2 Furniture And Household Articles

1. Furniture.

2. Household Articles.

(a) Wooden Articles.

(b) Articles Made Of Straw Or Vegetable Fibers.

(c) Pottery.

Chapter 3 Clothing And Ornaments

1. Clothing.

(a) Men’s Clothing.

(b) Women’s Clothing.

(c) Children’s Clothing.

2. Hair Styles.

3. Footgear.

4. Ornaments.

(a) Necklaces, Amulets, Belts, Beads.

(b) Bracelets, Rings, And Earrings.

(c) Combs And Hairpins.

(d) Dyes And Cosmetics.

5. Deformations And Mutilations.

Chapter 4 Way Of Life

1. Hunting And Fishing.

2. Herding And Animal Husbandry.

(a) Herding.

(b) Other Domestic Animals.

3. Agriculture.

Chapter 5 Food

1. Hearth And Fire.

2. Diet.

3. Stimulants And Narcotics.

Chapter 6 Weapons And Warfare

1. Ironworking.

2. Weapons.

(a) Striking Weapons.

(b) Weapons To Be Thrown By Hand.

(c) Weapons Thrown By Some Mechanism.

(d) Defensive Weapons.

3. Poison For Weapons.

4. Warfare.

Chapter 7 Amusements

1. Dances.

2. Musical Instruments.

3. Songs.

4. Games.

Chapter 8 Medical Practitioners And Medicine

1. Physicians And Surgeons.

2. Medicines.

(a) Cauterization.

(b) Bleeding.

(c) Vegetal Medicines.

(d) Animal Medicines.

(e) Mineral Medicines.

(f) Amulets.

3. Treatment Of Specific Diseases.

Chapter 9 Marriage, Birth, And Death

1. Marriage Customs.

2. Birth.

3. Funeral Customs.

(a) The Funeral.

(b) Burial.

(c) Mourning.

Types Of Dwellings

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Title: Anthropology and ethnography of the peoples of Somalia

Published By: Bologna, Italy: Nicola Zanichelli, 1936. HRAF Ms: 1-205 p. [original: vii, 140 p.], plates: ill. [incomplete]

By line: Nello Puccioni

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1997. Computer File

Culture: Somali (MO04)


Abstract: Puccioni was a member of the 1924 Italian scientific expedition to Somalia. This report is based upon field data gathered during the trip, specimens from museum collections, and literary records. It deals mainly with material objects such as dwellings, furniture, utensils, tools, weapons, clothing ornaments, musical instruments and the related handicrafts such as woodworking, basketry, weaving, and metallurgy. Other topics discussed include animal herding, agriculture, hunting, fishing, food stimulants, medicine, social customs, and bodily mutilations. The author also traces the distribution and transmission of various Somali cultural traits among neighboring peoples.

Document Number: 17

Document ID: mo04-017

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English translation from Italian

Note: Translation of: Antropologia e etnografia delle genti della Somalia.. The original Italian text is not included. Includes bibliographical references Translated for the HRAF files by Kathryn A. Looney.. Pages omitted from the file: 106-138.

Field Date: 1924

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Robert Lee ; 1960

Coverage Date: ca. 1924

Coverage Place: Somalia, Djibouti, and southeastern Ethiopia

LCSH: Somalis


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