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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
The Marshall Islanders: life and customs, thought and religion
of a South Seas people
Published By: Original publisher
Münster i. W.: [s.n.]. 1914. HRAF ms: iii, 296 p.
[original: xiv, 376 p.] ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2010. 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
Community heads (622);
Rule of descent (611);
Real property (423);
Verbal arts (5310);
Infant care (854);
Life and death (761);
Food preparation (252);
Normal garb (291);
Mats and basketry (285);
Clothing manufacture (294);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This source is a classic example of the well organized,
meticulously detailed ethnographies typical of German workers in the first part of the
twentieth century. The author, a missionary, divides his study into four parts, the first
of which is entitled 'Ergology, or Life and Work,' and deals primarily with the geography,
history and natural environment of the islands, the population and physical
characteristics, body decoration, clothing and ornament, dwellings, food, fishing, canoe
building, weapons, and knowledge of weather, stars and waves. Part 2 is concerned with the
social structure of the people, their laws and customs, and gives abundant data on
Marshallese social and political structure, rights and special privileges of chiefs,
kinship, marriage, position of women in the society, birth customs, status of children,
sexual morality and individual character and psychology. Part 3 is almost entirely devoted
to a study of Marshall Island mythology, with only incidental information being given on
the language itself, poetry and proverbs. The concluding section of this source, part 4,
deals with the religion and magic of the Marshall Islanders, and contains valuable data on
the concept of the soul in life and death, care and treatment of the sick, and on the
origin of the kin group and totemism.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Component part(s), monograph
Language: Language that the document is written in
English translation from German
Translation of: [Die Marshall-Insulaner, Leben und
Sitte, Sinn und Religion eines Südsee-Volkes] Partly translated from the German into
English in 1942 for the Yale Cross-Cultural Survey, with the remainder being translated for
HRAF by Richard Neuse in 1961|Appendices I and II, on Nauru Island and Civilization and
Missions, have not been translated for this file
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 ; 1961
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings