Senfft, Arno, 1864-1909. The legal customs of the Yap natives

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Title: The legal customs of the Yap natives

Published in: Globus -- Vol. 91

Published By: Globus -- Vol. 91 Braunschweig: Druck und Verlag von Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, 1907. HRAF ms: 1, 39 leaves [original: 139-143, 149-153, 171-175 p.]: ill.

By line: Arno Senfft

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

Culture: Yapese (OR22)

Subjects: Culture summary (105); Community structure (621); Law (670); Composition of population (162); Castes (564); Offenses and sanctions (680); Serfdom and peonage (566); Territorial organization (630); Community (620);

Abstract: This article, written by a German colonial official, concerns the legal and social customs of the Yapese. The first section discusses family and personal law. It covers normative behavior associated with reproduction, sex, marriage, divorce, death and inheritance, and discusses social stratification including caste, class and sex distinctions. The second section concerns property rights and sanctions for violation of those rights. The most common sanction, which is referred to frequently throughout the text, is BUNGUT, the distraint of property belonging to the wrongdoer. The third section concerns sanctions for criminal offences and the methods for executing of enforcing those sanctions. The final section discusses political structure, the tax system, warfare, and international relations.

Document Number: 13

Document ID: or22-013

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English translation from German

Note: Translation of: [Die Rechtsitten der Jap-Eingeborenen]. Translated from the German in 1942 for the Yale Cross-Cultural Survey in connection with the Navy Pacific Islands Handbook Project.

Field Date: ca. 1900-ca. 1905

Evaluation: Government Official-5

Analyst: Helen Gunsher Bornstein ; 1975

Coverage Date: 1900-1905

Coverage Place: Yap State, Federated States of Micronesia

LCSH: Yapese (Micronesian people)/Yap (Micronesia)


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