Ames, David W.. Belief in 'witches' among the rural Wolof of the Gambia

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

Title: Belief in 'witches' among the rural Wolof of the Gambia

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Africa -- Vol. 24, no. 3

Published By: Original publisher Africa -- Vol. 24, no. 3 London: Oxford University Press. 1959. 263-273 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication David Ames

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Wolof (MS30)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Sorcery (754); Offenses against the person (683); Magical and mental therapy (755); Preventive medicine (751);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The Wolof believe in the existence of DOMA, a person who attacks and 'eats' his fellows. This article describes the behavior ascribed to the DOMA and the means of warding off their attacks. The author concludes that although the belief in DOMA suggests that the culprits may function as 'scapegoats' in the native society, it tends to increase rather than reduce social tensions and personal anxieties; therefore, the DOMA complex can be regarded as mainly dysfunctional, both in the social and psychological sense.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

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. ms30-009

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1950-1951

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 Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Robert Lee ; 1959

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1950-1951

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Saloum districts, Gambia and Senegal

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


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