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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Basden, George Thomas, 1873-1944
Among the Ibos of Nigeria: an account of the curious and
interesting habits, customs and beliefs of a little known African people by one who has for
many years lived amongst them on close and intimate terms
Published By: Original publisher
London: Cass. 1966. 321 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
George T. Basden
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2003. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Gender status (562);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Vegetable production (244);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Instigation of war (721);
Inter-community relations (628);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Judicial authority (692);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a record of the author's observations and
experiences among the Igbo people during his initial visit to Nigeria in the period of
1900-1920. Although Basden was a keen observer of native customs, especially in regard to
material culture, the extent of his actual observations of such things as warfare, human
sacrifices, and cannibalism is not clear. It seems likely that much of these data came from
native informants. The source touches on all aspects of Igbo ethnography, but is especially
detailed on sex status, slavery, funeral rites, yam and palm cultivation, arts and crafts,
warfare, religion (including human sacrifice), status achievement, the oracles, and the
effects of missionization (last two chapters). (For a more detailed listing of contents,
see Category 128, pp. 13-14.) As a whole, the source provides a good general background for
more intensive studies on the Igbo.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-312) and
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 1980
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Igbo (African people)