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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Alkire, William H.
The traditional classification and treatment of illness on
Woleai and Lamotrek in the Caroline Islands, Micronesia
Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph
Culture -- Vol. 2, no. 1
Published By: Original publisher
Culture -- Vol. 2, no. 1
[Canada]: Canadian Ethnology Society = SociTtT canadienne
d'Tthnologie. 1982. 29-41 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
William H. Alkire
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Woleai Region (OR21)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Food preparation (252);
Occupational specialization (463);
Rest days and holidays (527);
Preventive medicine (751);
Theory of disease (753);
Medical therapy (757);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Purification and atonement (783);
Magicians and diviners (791);
Transmission of skills (868);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This article argues that the classification of illness and
treatment in Woleai and Lamotrek Atolls is related to knowledge and associated beliefs
involving three classes of spirits. These are 'malevolent' spirits that cause sickness,
divination spirits that diagnose ailments, and 'good' spirits that aid in curing. As a
consequence, patients who seek treatment need to consult with three types of specialits,
namely diviners, medcine curers and massage curers, who focus on each of these three
classes of spirits.
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.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 41)
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.
Teferi Abate Adem ; 2005
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)
Woleai and Lamotrek Atolls, Woleai Region,
Federated States of Micronesia
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Lamotrek (Micronesia)/Caroline Islands -- Social life and
customs/Micronesians -- Social life and customs