Aginsky, B. W.. The socio-psychological significance of death among the Pomo Indians

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Title: The socio-psychological significance of death among the Pomo Indians

Published in: The American imago -- Vol. 1

Published By: The American imago -- Vol. 1 [Baltimore, Md., etc.]: Johns Hopkins University Press [etc.], 1940. 1-11 p.

By line: B. W. Aginsky

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

Culture: Pomo (NS18)

Subjects: Drives and emotions (152); Ethos (181); Theory of disease (753); Sorcery (754); Magical and mental therapy (755); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Life and death (761); Suicide (762); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: This article deals with the concept of death among the Pomo, primarily as it manifests itself as the result of the direct or sometimes indirect retaliation either from the supernaturals as a penalty for the violation of a taboo or coming into physical contact with them, or as a result of sorcery worked upon by one's enemies. The author concludes that the great number of anxieties and anxiety producing situations in which the Pomo were involved, were instrumental in inducing psychotic states akin to what we term suicide. This state, unless treated by psycho-magical/medical therapy as practiced by Pomo curing doctors, often led to death of the individual.

Document Number: 12

Document ID: ns18-012

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: 1934-1935

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1960

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: northern California , United States

LCSH: Pomo Indians


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