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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Aschwanden, Herbert, 1933-
Symbols of death: an analysis of the consciousness of the
Published By: Original publisher
Gweru, Zimbabwe: Mambo Press. 1987. 389 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
by Herbert Aschwanden in collaboration with the African
nursing sisters of the Musiso Hospital, Zimbabwe ; English translation by Ursula
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2014. 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
Life and death (761);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Spirits and gods (776);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Revelation and divination (787);
Social readjustments to death (768);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a continuation of Aschwanden et al., 1982. Here, as
in the previous work, the symbolism of the Karanga subgroup is analyzed and interpreted
from the standpoint of the natives. The complex and intricate nature of the symbols of
death are investigated in terms of their beliefs about the causes of death, what happens
when death finally comes, the funeral, and the concept of victory over death through
various rituals. The work concludes with a synopsis of the symbolism used throughout the
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Continues: Symbols of life. 1982 Includes
bibliographical references and index
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
Physician, Missionary Nurses-5
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle; 1991
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LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Karanga (African people)//Karanga (African people)-- Funeral
customs and rites//Philosophy, Karanga