Whiting, Beatrice Blyth. Paiute sorcery

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Title: Paiute sorcery

Published By: New York: The Viking Fund Inc., 1950. 110 p.: map.

By line: Beatrice Blyth Whiting ; [Ralph Linton, editor]

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Northern Paiute (NR13)

Subjects: Sorcery (754); Theory of disease (753); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Sacred objects and places (778); Family relationships (593); Dwellings (342); Normal garb (291); Tools and appliances (410); Marriage (580); Reproduction (840);

Abstract: In this monograph the author describes the mechanisms of social control used in regulating interpersonal relationships within the family and band of the Northern Paiute. Her attention is primarily focused upon sorcery (including the fear of sorcery and the fear of sorcery accusations), shamanistic curing and native theories of sickness. In the final chapter she has compared the conclusions derived from this study with those derived from a cross-cultural study of sorcery in fifty other societies in the world. An appendix of supplementary ethnographic notes has been added.

Document Number: 7

Document ID: nr13-007

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: Thesis--Yale.

Field Date: 1936-1938

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Robert J. Theodoratus ; 1962: John Beierle; 2011

Coverage Date: 1860-1938

Coverage Place: Harney Valley Paiute, Burns, Oregon, United States

LCSH: Paiute Indians--Social life and customs//Indian magic


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