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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Ajisafe, Ajayi Kolawole
The laws and customs of the Yoruba people
Published By: Original publisher
London: George Routledge & Sons, Ltd.. 1924. x, 97 p.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by A. K. Ajisafe ; with a portrait of the author
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2009. 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
Visiting and hospitality (574);
Judicial authority (692);
Trial procedure (695);
Real property (423);
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Territorial hierarchy (631);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Taxation and public income (651);
Regulation of marriage (582);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is an account of the laws and customs of the Yoruba in
general, collected by a member of the Egba subtribe over a period of several years. A
number of diverse subjects, from judicial procedure and punishment for criminal behavior to
kinship terminology and the etiquette of visiting are covered. Although valuable because of
the insight presented by a person subject to and participating in the customs related, this
document can hardly be considered a codification of formal tribal law and custom. The
author himself admits the inclusion of many practices which are 'obsolete, impracticable,
and those modified by Christianity and British occupation.'In some, but not all cases
obsolete practices are identified as such. The detailed information, diversity of subject,
and native point of view are the major valves of this document.
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
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.
George R. Bedell ; 1959
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
Yoruba (African people)