Loeb, Edwin Meyer, 1894-. Mentawei social organization

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Title: Mentawei social organization

Published in: American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 30

Published By: American anthropologist, N. S. -- Vol. 30 Menasha, Wisconsin: American Anthropological Association, 1928 [1962 reprint]. 408-433 p.

By line: By Edwin M. Loeb

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Mentawaians (OD09)

Subjects: Status, role, and prestige (554); Mode of marriage (583); Arranging a marriage (584); Kinship terminology (601); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Animism (774); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Organized ceremonial (796); Pregnancy (843); Childbirth (844); Ceremonial during infancy and childhood (852);

Abstract: Preceded by a brief background summary of the material culture and religion of the Mentawaians of the North Pagai Islands, Loeb proceeds to describe various elements of social organization found in this group, centering primarily around the roles of the priest (RIMATA), shaman (SIKEREI), and house father (UKUI) in the community. Other data relate to kinship terminology, age stratification, personal names, marriage, pregnancy and childbirth, and childhood ceremonies.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: od09-005

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Reprinted by permission of the original publishers Kraus Reprint Corporation, New York, 1962. Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: Spring 1926

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1999

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: North Pageh (Pagai), Mentawai Islands, west of Sumatra, Indonesia

LCSH: Mentawai (Indonesian people)


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