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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 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. Igbo (FF26)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Gender status (562); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mourning (765); Vegetable production (244); Arboriculture (245); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Slavery (567); Instigation of war (721); Warfare (726); Inter-community relations (628); Magicians and diviners (791); Judicial authority (692); Missions (797); 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.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 6

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. ff26-006

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-312) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1900-1920

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 Missionary, Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1980

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1900-1920

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Nigeria

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Igbo (African people)

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